troubleshooting Question

How to setup a backup Domain Controller in case of failure

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Windows Server 2003Active DirectoryDNS
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Let me preface this by giving you a short description. I have two locations that are connected site-to-site via a VPN. There is also a T1 line that connects these two sites running 1.088MBs connections. I have a server in both locations, each of them are a Windows 2003 Standard on a Dell 2950 server.

Problem: We are not on a domain controller and would like to be on one.

My main concern is not that of bringing up the domain controller and adding users, but what happens when my server say in Site1 goes down? Ideally, if its possible I would like the server at Site1 to be Site2's backup and vica versa... is that possible?

If not, I would like some ideas on how I can set this up as I don't quite understand how to backup servers in the first place. When I say backup, I don't necessarily mean backup of the actual server. No. I mean if Site1 goes down I want my users to still be able to log onto the domain. Ideally I want both sites to be able to see each other while they are on the domain, so theoretically through the DNS. The worst thing I want is that for Site1 or Site2 to go down and one of those two sites, respecively can't get people to log on. I will be killed, or at least fired.

Any ideas or thoughts on a way I can do this.

I should note I have ONE other Win2003 server at Site1, so there is two of them there and Site2 only has one.
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