2nd Domain Controller

Hi Guys,
I am adding a 2nd DC - once ive installed the OS - shall I add the server to the existing domain then add the roles - then promote as DC? or do I keep it as a workgroup server - then promote as a DC  ? will that add it to the domain?

The IP will be static and DNS set to primary DC.
jag bAsked:
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cwstad2Commented:
you will have to join the domain as a member server then promote
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kola12Commented:
Best way are add new serwer to domain. Then promote to DC.
When it's done  change DNS ip first address on second DC to point to yourself. And second DNS ip address to point 1st DC.
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jag bAuthor Commented:
thanks - ill add to existing domain first - then promote...the IP setup I was going to have is below - this for dns:
DC2- primary DNS should be DC1?

DC1 - 192.168.1.10
DNS: primary - 192.168.1.10
DNS: secondary - 192.168.1.11

DC2 - 192.168.1.11
DNS: primary - 192.168.1.10
DNS: secondary - 192.168.1.11
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cwstad2Commented:
Thats correct. also make sure you set the records to static in DNS. If you plan to enable scavening then this will stop the records beind deleted
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kola12Commented:
DC1 - 192.168.1.10
 DNS: primary - 192.168.1.10
 DNS: secondary - 192.168.1.11

 DC2 - 192.168.1.11
 DNS: primary - 192.168.1.11
 DNS: secondary - 192.168.1.10
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jag bAuthor Commented:
cwstad - what records?  in the DHCP scope I am going to add the 2nd DC IP... do I create any other records?  I can see Kola12 has used the 2nd DC to point to itself - does it matter what way around as DC1 is primary
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cwstad2Commented:
In the DNS you will see all the records of devices which you have on the domain. The records are created so that they can resolve the IP address given by DHCP to name.
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kola12Commented:
It is immportant what ip address is on first place in dns. Every DC should point DNS to yourself first.
If you use dhce you shold create reservation for every ip addresses used for servers
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jag bAuthor Commented:
cwstad - your basically saying update the DNS records - I don't need to add any others with a 2nd dc?

in regards to the DNS primary and secondary  - DC2 is mainly for redundancy  - ive read that DC2 can use DC1 as primary  DNS?
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cwstad2Commented:
open up DNS, click on view then advanced. then find 192.168.1.10 double click the record and uncheck delete this record when it becomes stale.
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kola12Commented:
yes, DC2 can use dc1 as primary DNS, but when DC1 has gone DC2 will slow respond for AD and DNS queries. That is main reason for point DNS to yourself on every DC's
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Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
It does not need to be added to the domain as I have built many DCs where I run DCPROMO from a standalone server.  In order to do this, ensure your DNS is set to your primary DNS and that you can ping your domain.
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jag bAuthor Commented:
Kola - makes sense if DC1 is down...respond quicker to DNS queries

I don't get why I have to delete the record for the other DNS as cwstad2 has said?? as both DC's are still working as DNS to itself
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MAS (MVE)EE Solution GuideCommented:
Agree with Mohammed Khawaja.
You can do both ways only difference is you have to type your domain password and domain name.
Rest all the same

But you should point the DNS to itself.

Make sure DNS is active directory integrated and load zones autoamtic
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