Our business has two 5 year old PowerEdge Dell 2008 Servers. A Domain Controller with AD and a SQL Application Server with approx 20 full time users.
As part of our disaster planning our director authorized the purchase of a single new Dell Server as a COLD SPARE machine.
After consulting with Dell Server support on the overall hardware requirements for existing and future growth we received our new unit yesterday. Its a Dell T430 , 2012 R2 Standard with 64 GB or RAM , 3 TB of Hard Drive space. ( Raid 1 for C and Raid 10 for SQL)
I suppose we could have purchased two of the above with half the specs and made it easier to setup but thats water under the bridge . I will make it a EMERGENCY COLD SPARE that combines both of the above Servers into one , keep it in a separate building, and have it ready for a building disaster ( we back up to the Cloud) in a few days at the most.
For better or worse I am beginning the "build - up " of this new Server 100 miles away from our main building so would only have a VPN client to create a Virtual LAN connection when needed.
Today I simply unpacked the Server, and am testing the RAM. HDs. Updating Windows, Admin password etc and contemplating ROLES to add,
What I am looking for is , recommendations, gotchas, tips etc as I being this process. Perhaps something like, "oh you should VPN in to the LAN and configure the new one as a BDC ( Backup Domain Controller) or the modern equivelent of BDC and that will take care of your AD sync.
We have a Application vendor for our SQL server and that will be a whole other issue with licensing a cold spare etc but that will come next as long as I dont foul up the system with missteps..
Any thoughts appreciated.