Windows 2012 Server -- "Active Directory domains" ?

Posted on 2014-08-12
Last Modified: 2014-08-21
What are some good "Windows 2012 Server
Active Directory domains" step-by-step
setup websites since it looks like in the
NEW Active Directory domains, the concept
of primary and secondary domain controller
relationships no longer applies ?
Current Setup
      ** two locations using site-to-site VPN
      ** old 2003 "Domain Controllers"
      ** want to move to "Windows 2012 Server"

   1. primary domain controller (PDC: at site #1
   2. backup domain controller (BDC: at site #2
   3. replication between controllers
       ** site #1 client DNS
            ** primary DNS =
            ** secondary DNS =
       ** site #2 client DNS
            ** primary DNS =
            ** secondary DNS =
   4. if either controller goes down, users can
      still login/etc using the other controller
Question by:finance_teacher
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    Accepted Solution

    The concept of a PDC and a BDC went away with 2000. NT4 was the last server version of windows that had such a concept. So this isn't new. Any study guide for a 2000 - 2012 R2 administrator MCSA exam will cover the basic concepts.

    I do recommend books over websites as reputable publishers screen content and authors, unlike "random blog x from guy in his basement."

    But if you really want free, the Microsoft Virtual Academy is a good place. Many modules are available, including good ones on 2012 and active directory.
    LVL 5

    Assisted Solution

    PDC and BDC did go away but the FSMO roles are still in play.  Here is a TechNet article that helps with optimization across a WAN.

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