2 domain networks or one network???

March 20, 2009 at 03:23:11
Specs: Windows xp
So i have about 10 pcs and 1 server connected to a switch-->router--->internet and all running in a domain and using DHCP and DNS from the server, now i have another 3 pcs connected to the same switch and all setup as a workgroup for the moment. these 3 pcs are being supplied ips from the server.

Now I wanted to use one of these 3 pcs as a second server and have the remaining 2 pcs in a separate domain/DNS/DHCP from the first domain of 10pcs.

Can i do this or will it conflict with the first domain network?

It's like saying if i could have the first server ignore the second server so that it doesn't supply DHCP/DNS and domain functionality.

So basically i want two completely separate domain networks but both running through the same switch/--->router??

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March 20, 2009 at 06:38:45
You can use one of those 3 PCs to share files but you can't create a child domain on a workstation without loading server software. The question is do you really need a child domain for such a small network?


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March 20, 2009 at 07:45:08
One of the 3 pcs would have windows server 2008 installed on it, theo other 2 "workstations" would have xp pro ...hmm..so it called a child domain....ok....

The 3 pcs are actually part of an IT lab that we can mess about with the other 10pcs are our course work pcs, so i thought that i could get some practice in setting up a domain network.

So i could "domain" the 3pcs together but i wondered if the first domain would prevent this from happening, basically the problem i see is that there would be 2 DHCP servers running thought 1 switch.

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March 20, 2009 at 07:50:03
There is no reason to have an additional domain when you consider cost and maintenance overhead. You would address this issue with OU's in the present domain.

From your question it appears you are not clear on the difference between a domain and a forest. If you are going to bring up another server and domain you are talking a different forest than you presently have.

You can create a new domain in your existing forest. You don't have to consider dns or dhcp since these are already being done.

MS does recommend two DC's for fault tolerance of AD. If you are going to bring up another server this would be what you want to do with it.

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