?
Solved

Joining Windows 2008 R2 server in domain as backup DC

Posted on 2011-02-18
11
Medium Priority
?
445 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hi, I am planning on joining a Windows 2008 R2 server as a backup DC in the domain.
We have 5 domain controllers at each site and they are Windows 2008 32bit standard servers.
I know that there's additional steps I need to do (such as adprep) before joining the R2 server as DC in the domain.
Can someone tell me step by step instructions on how to join R2 server as backup DC in the 2008 standard DC group?

We also have plans to make this new R2 server as primary DC later on and i would also like to be prepared for this as well.

Thank you.
0
Comment
Question by:Infamus
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 4
  • 2
  • 2
  • +1
11 Comments
 
LVL 22

Accepted Solution

by:
Joseph Moody earned 668 total points
ID: 34929487
What do you mean by backup and primary DC? In AD, all DCs are equal.

Are you referring to DNS? or FSMO roles?

You will need to run adprep /forestprep on the schema master

You will need to run adprep /domainprep  and adprep /domainprep  /gpprep on the infrastructure master.
0
 
LVL 57

Assisted Solution

by:Mike Kline
Mike Kline earned 668 total points
ID: 34929500
So the steps are the same as for going from 2003 to 2008 as they are from 2008 to 2008 R2 see this question I helped with

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Windows_Server_2008/Q_26358376.html

Since your current 2008 DCs are 32 bit you need to use adprep32 from the 2008 R2 media.

There is no real backup/primary concept in Active Directory.  I'm guessing you are talking about FSMO roles and those you can transfer  http://www.petri.co.il/transferring_fsmo_roles.htm

Thanks

Mike
0
 
LVL 59

Assisted Solution

by:Darius Ghassem
Darius Ghassem earned 664 total points
ID: 34929511
0
Problems using Powershell and Active Directory?

Managing Active Directory does not always have to be complicated.  If you are spending more time trying instead of doing, then it's time to look at something else. For nearly 20 years, AD admins around the world have used one tool for day-to-day AD management: Hyena. Discover why

 
LVL 12

Author Comment

by:Infamus
ID: 34929634
Thanks, guys.

What I meant by backup server is "not" a master server since there can be only one master server in AD which holds the schema role.  I'm sorry if I used a wrong term to confuse you guys.  :)

So far as I understand, all I need to do is run "adprep /forestprep" and "adprep /domainprep then rest of the process is the same as promoting a server as DC in a domain, correct?
0
 
LVL 22

Expert Comment

by:Joseph Moody
ID: 34929649
yep!
0
 
LVL 57

Expert Comment

by:Mike Kline
ID: 34929667
except in your case  use adprep32  (since your current DCs are 32 bit)

Thanks

Mike
0
 
LVL 12

Author Comment

by:Infamus
ID: 34929801
Got it!

Thanks guys and I'll make sure to get back to you to assign points.

Give me about a week or so.

0
 
LVL 12

Author Comment

by:Infamus
ID: 35022788
Ok.

I will be doing this tonight so I will get back to you guys in the morning.

Thanks.
0
 
LVL 12

Author Comment

by:Infamus
ID: 35368733
Need to assign points
0

Featured Post

Enterprise Mobility and BYOD For Dummies

Like “For Dummies” books, you can read this in whatever order you choose and learn about mobility and BYOD; and how to put a competitive mobile infrastructure in place. Developed for SMBs and large enterprises alike, you will find helpful use cases, planning, and implementation.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

After seeing many questions for JRNL_WRAP_ERROR for replication failure, I thought it would be useful to write this article.
This article provides a convenient collection of links to Microsoft provided Security Patches for operating systems that have reached their End of Life support cycle. Included operating systems covered by this article are Windows XP,  Windows Server…
Attackers love to prey on accounts that have privileges. Reducing privileged accounts and protecting privileged accounts therefore is paramount. Users, groups, and service accounts need to be protected to help protect the entire Active Directory …
This video shows how to use Hyena, from SystemTools Software, to update 100 user accounts from an external text file. View in 1080p for best video quality.
Suggested Courses

764 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question