Configure member server

Discussion in 'Server Networking' started by Daniel, May 7, 2007.

  1. Daniel

    Daniel Guest

    If a member server doesn't connected to the DC , will it still works ? I've
    configured a member server but the DC machine is down and when i click the
    AD user and computers it prompt that domain cannot be contacted. I was
    wonder that whether i configure the member server correctly ?

    Daniel, May 7, 2007
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  2. Daniel

    Myweb Guest

    Hello Daniel,

    If you have only one DC and this machine is down no user can login to the
    domain and also ADUC can not connect to the Active directory. AD is stored
    on DC's not on member servers.

    Best regards

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers
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    Myweb, May 7, 2007
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  3. Daniel

    Daniel Guest

    Hi, i thought member server were to support DC to enable user login and
    backup like old NT BDC. Isn't that its function ?

    Daniel, May 8, 2007
  4. Hi,
    Member server is just a member of domain like other desktop or laptop
    computers. ADUC is just like a MMC which connect you to DC to manage it.
    If DC is down you can not connect with it.

    Rahisuddin Shah, May 8, 2007
  5. Daniel

    Daniel Guest

    Just join it to the domain would become member server ? or need to go
    through setup wizrd in active directory to add it as additional domain
    controller ?

    Daniel, May 8, 2007
  6. Daniel

    Bill Grant Guest

    Yes, you need to use dcpromo to set up a second DC. There is no point in
    doing it if the new server cannot see the existing DCand access the AD
    config files.
    Bill Grant, May 8, 2007
  7. Daniel

    Daniel Guest

    By using dcpromo is it a member server or just add AD to it to become
    additional DC in the domain ? If it is additional DC why does it still need
    to connect to first DC ?

    Daniel, May 8, 2007
  8. Daniel

    Bill Grant Guest

    When you run dcpromo you select the option to make it an additional
    domain controller in the existing domain.It needs to be able to connect to
    this existing domain controller to see the Active Directory files. Even if
    it was in a new domain it would still need to access the existing DC (unless
    you also put it in a new forest as well).

    Once you have made it a DC in the existing domain, the AD files will
    replicate to the new DC.
    Bill Grant, May 8, 2007
  9. Daniel

    Daniel Guest

    Once the AD file are replicated, can it be restored to AD if it needs to be
    recovered ? Assume i have only 1 DC.

    Daniel, May 8, 2007
  10. Daniel

    Bill Grant Guest

    That question doesn't make any sense. If you have replicated the AD files
    to a second DC, you have two DCs. How could you assume you have only one?
    Bill Grant, May 8, 2007
  11. Daniel

    Daniel Guest

    sorry i thought when it replicated to 2nd DC, that DC is not fully a DC but
    have to depend on the 1st DC. So now i have 2 independent DCs and user can
    login to 2nd DC is 1st is down ?

    Daniel, May 9, 2007
  12. Daniel

    Bill Grant Guest

    Bill Grant, May 9, 2007
  13. Daniel

    Daniel Guest

    In fact i've installed 2nd dc, just to verify. Thanks
    Daniel, May 9, 2007
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