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SharePoint/MOSS standby server

MOSS 2007
Server 2003
SQL 2005

I want to plan for redundancy in my domain hosting SP.  We have no backup software/hardware other than what comes with Microsoft (NT backup.)  The thought is build out the new SP server which is running SQL.  Do daily backups which will be stored on a file server separate from the SP box.

Build out a second identical server.  Will I be able to build out the SP site with an identical name in the same domain?  So if I have to use this second machine users can connect without any issues.  This server will be off except if it's needed for recovery.  The thinking is that if the main SP goes down we can power up the second server, attach the backup databases and have SP back up.

Is my thinking right on this?  Are there any issues with creating this second server and having it on the domain initially to do a SP install?
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mccarthybriCommented:
If you create a second front end server and us network load balance  you can then have a second server running and your portal page should be fine  
You could read this to see how to setup NLB  http://blogs.msdn.com/epblog/attachment/9727309.ashx

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xmouserAuthor Commented:
I would perfer to have the second one off.
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xmouserAuthor Commented:
Further info which I didn't think was necessary to answer the question.  I have no access/control of DCs.  I have the SP/SQL box and one other server.  I'd like to make something work with that.
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xmouserAuthor Commented:
Lot's of great info though.
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mccarthybriCommented:
It can be done.  you would have to have a build one identicle (same sp's updates things like that)to your first moss box.  The machine name could be the same but couldnt be added to the domain until the first one is dead and offline.  It would probably be easier to build it up a second standalone box with moss but dont install the central admin or add it to the farm or anything like that.  if the good one dies you would have to recreate the farm and readd the sql1 server to the farm.  recreate the web app, and then say attached to existing databases.  that would work.  it takes a few steps which i dont have on me.  you would also have to make sure any change to the 12 hive is copied over to the new server  ie pictures, css anything this you modifed for your portal would be included in that.  Also enure that the sql db's arent deleted if the moss server crashed.  Hope this all makes sense.
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