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Posted on 2011-03-02
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Hi Guys,

We have three servers, PDC, Exchange & TMG.

We brought in a fourth "PC" only for backup of the domain server roles, as a backup for the domain.

What is best practice i.t.o. hosting copies of the PDC server roles on our second domain controller, which is only a PC, but also running Windows Server 2008.
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You mean you want to add it as a second Domain controller?
This is OK, just run DCPROMO on the server and make it a DNS server and Global Catalog.

Then make sure that both servers are used for DNS on the clients/servers.

This way in the event your main DC goes down you have a backup.

If it's going to be down indefinately then you can seize the FSMO roles and you don't lose any functionality
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I agree with @demazter

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Thanks Demazter,

Yes, we want to configure the fourth server as a second domain controller and ensure that - should PDC goes down, all network / mail components will function as per normal.

To confirm, apart from DNS and GC no other roles are required on the second DC to ensure continuous protection of AD and domain data?
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no, no other roles are required.
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One more question;

We need a server to run Blackberry BES , I think between PDC, Exchange and TMG .. our best bet is to run it on 2nd domain controller?
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Yes, definately.
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