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TOPIC: Windows 2008 Server as a Backup Domain Controller

Windows 2008 Server as a Backup Domain Controller 8 years 1 month ago #35387

HI,

Can I Make a Windows 2008 Server Machine a BDC?.My Domain Controller is on Windows 2003 server Platform.
Mohammad Majed Hafeez
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Re: Windows 2008 Server as a Backup Domain Controller 8 years 1 month ago #35395

Yes. Just promote the 2008 box to a DC, telling it to be a DC for an existing domain.

Also keep in mind that in Windows Server 2003 and 2008, there is no concept of 'backup domain controller' and 'primary domain controller.' They all can be read and written to at any time (unless the 2008 box is a read-only domain controller).

Re: Windows 2008 Server as a Backup Domain Controller 8 years 1 month ago #35425

Just adding that you will need to raise your forest/domain functionality level to 2008 before this is possible. After a schema update you should be good to go.

Here is an article about the whole process.

www.biztechmagazine.com/article.asp?item_id=324
The Bublitz
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Re: Windows 2008 Server as a Backup Domain Controller 8 years 1 month ago #35468

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Thumbs up for Bublitz - Great advice and link.

I'll just delete now the article we've been working on describing the migration from Windows 2003 to 2008 :)
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