I'm redeploying a Win2003 Server from one business to another. It was a DC where it was. I demoted it with DCPromo, then removed it from the domain by putting it in a workgroup. I hauled it to the new site, renamed it and added it to the new domain as a member server. It's only role now is as a File Server.
So far, so good.
Now I want to make it a DC at the new site, and want to double check the steps to do that since I don't do this very often.
I think my next step is to just run DCPromo, but I'm not sure if something should happen before that, or if I have to do something afterwards.
The DC that is already on the new domain is a big Dell PowerEdge with 4 Raid'ed disks. Will it matter that this second server is just a single 1TB drive?
Are there any FSMO considerations? Or will the preexisting server have the master role simply by virtue of having been the only one. Do I need to define anything in this area on the new server?
The connection to the outside world is through Comcast, using a Motorola Modem. It looks like the Domain Controller is the DNS server. (The IP4 properties on the server show the server's IP address as the Preferred DNS Server.) All the workstations are using DHCP, Is there anything to do with the second server here? So far I've just given it a static IP address and listed the first server as it's preferred DNS Server. I think I should enable DNS on the second server and list it as a second preferred DNS Server on both of them, but I'm on even more shaky ground when I get into DNS setups.
Additional background info. The server being moved had been a DC on a domain with 4 servers. It is going to a domain that now has only one.
Also, it is Windows Server, not Windows Small Business Server. And Exchange doesn't figure into the picture; I'm not using it at the new site. The domain has about 12 workstations.
The new site is a clinic, and my whole reason for adding this second server is for redundancy so as to keep them operating in case of a failure of what is now the only server.
If you think I might be missing something, I'd appreciate hearing it.
Thanks, Ron Hicks