Is there such thing as Primary DC and Secondary DC ?

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Pintu, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. Pintu

    Pintu Guest

    Hi,

    I there such thing as Primary Domain Controller and a Secondary Domain
    Controller in Windows 2003 Domain?

    Can you have 2 domain controller in Windows 2003 Domain? I think the answer
    is Yes.

    If you 2 Domina controller - what roles do these have. Doesn't one server
    have to have something that the other server does not have - like Global
    Catalog?

    Thanks,
    P
     
    Pintu, Dec 3, 2007
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  2. Actually that describes NT domains. In W2k and W2k3 domains all Domain
    Controllers are equal. There are no backup DC's. However, there are roles
    (Operations Master Roles) that are assigned to one (and only one) DC:

    Schema Master
    Domain Naming Master
    PDC Emulator
    RID Master
    Infrastructure Master

    The first two are one per forest, the other 3 one per domain. In addition, a
    DC may or may not be designated a Global Catalog (there must be at least
    one). As far as users are concerned, all DC's are equal. They can be
    authenticated by any DC. The ones with the roles just have extra
    responsibilities.
     
    Richard Mueller [MVP], Dec 3, 2007
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