Two GCs in one AD Domain separated by sites and subnets.

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by Sharad Rai, Jun 18, 2004.

  1. Sharad Rai

    Sharad Rai Guest


    I am designing one AD domain using two Win2K3 servers for
    our school. We have two buildings (High School and Lower
    School) just a street away and have point to point full T1
    line between buildings. H.S has full T1 to the internet
    and L.S will use H.S network as a gateway to the internet.
    We also have an Exchange running in H.S.

    My design will have only one domain for both the
    buildings. I have put the 2nd DC at L.S under an OU called
    Lower School. The GC server is at High School. We have
    only 15 - 20 users in Lower School.

    Is it a good idea to make the 2nd DC in L.S also a GC?? As
    I have sites and subnets created, I have control over the
    replication schedule.

    Please advise!

    Sharad Rai, Jun 18, 2004
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  2. Sharad Rai

    Simon Geary Guest

    You should make both of your DC's a GC for redundancy. Also make sure that
    they both run DNS and that client PC's are configured to use both as primary
    and secondary.

    I also suggest (as do Microsoft) that you leave the two DC's in the Default
    Domain Controllers OU, even if they are in different physical sites.
    Simon Geary, Jun 18, 2004
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