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Setting up 2nd server with SBS2011 Premium

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I have SBS 2011 Premium, and currently the main SBS Installation is complete and fully operational.

I now wish to connect a 2nd server, and install the supplied Server 2008 standard Sp2, along with SQL, and have this 2nd server provide replication for things like DNS etc.

Are there any Guides / Best Practices for setting up this 2nd server ?

And for things like  
a) The sequence for installing products like DNS  SQL
b) IP Configuration
            If Sbs2011 IPv4 = 192.168.1.1, IPv6 = fe80::a37c:8fa0:73a:f926
       Server 2008 = IPv4 = 192.168.1.2, IPv6 = ??? ( any recomendations ? )
c) Connecting the 2nd server to SBS2011 ( DCPromo?)
d) Ensuring sucessful replication ( are there any settings that need changing )
e) In Network Config, does the 2nd server point to its own DNS server, or the SBS2011 DNS server ?

Many Thanks
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I would discourage making the second server a domain controller. Running an application (SQL) on a DC is a security issue. While SBS does this, SBS also has the benefit of the vast resources of MS doing regular testing of updates and security implications. They do *not* do this for standalone products (the SQL team does not test their security patches on a machine running as a DC, for example) because such a configuration goes against MS best practices.

A multi-DC domain also is significantly more complicated in regards to disaster recovery. In larger organizations with dedicated IT staff that have been trained on such issues, this is not a problem, but for smaller shops that aren't (and I mean this with no offense, but if you are asking how to enable replication, I can infer that you also do not know how to recover in a scenario where replication breaks because of a backup/restore), and the small benefit of having an extra DC is far outweighed by the complications they inject.

In short, if your SBS server goes down, since it also hosts your exchange environment, you will already have your hands full with DR. You don't need the added complication of restoring into an environment with another DC. Just have good hardware, keep your support contracts up-to-date so you get parts overnight (or faster) and you'll be better off.

-Cliff
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by:supertramp4
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Sorry for the Delay, Ive been off with an illness.

jsdray: Thanks for the link. That was what I wanted.

cgaliher: - Although initially slightly supprised by your comments, you make very valid points regaiding DR, and although I'm no novice, you are correct to pints them out.

I have split the points between you both.

Thanks

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