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Adding second DC to 2003 Domain

Posted on 2011-09-08
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Just need a quick check lilst for adding a second DC in this simple domain. Here is what I think I know to do:
1. Start up new server - not yet in any domain
1a. Check to be sure DNS is working on server1 by using nslookup (per Mark Minasi)
2. Run dcpromo
3. Select add to exisiting

That's all I have so far. Do i need to do anything special to configure serve2 as a backup DNS or will it do it for me? I know how to configure the shares, I think. I guess all the shares, including printers, will need to be re-created on the new server to be available as backups, right? WIll "replication" happen completely on it's own or do I need to do something? How about DHCP - it's from the firewall, currently - problem?

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Join server to domain, make it has static ip address, dns should be pointing to the current dns server. Run dcpromo, install DNS, enable global catalouge.  Replication will be set up autamatically.  Regarding dhcp u can let your firewall do it or you can install it on a dc
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You generally want any DNS server to be on a static IP.  

I have generally just added a new box to the domain and run DCPromo.
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You need to install DNS on the second DC - once installed it will replicate automatically
You will need to configure DHCP to give out both DCs as DNS servers.
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And make both global catelog servers.
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... indeed
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Thanks, folks. I think this covers it. Appreciate your contributions!
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