How can i join multiple servers to one domain

Microsoft Windows small business server...
July 23, 2010 at 13:34:43
Specs: Windows 7
I have 4 servers, I have 1 set up as the domain controller, and i know i can set up the other 3 as workstations but this doesn't seem like the proper way to do it. Is this where building a forest or trust comes into play? If so is there a guide out there somewhere i can follow? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. --Ben

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#1
July 23, 2010 at 14:13:04
"Is this where building a forest or trust comes into play?"

Depends. How many Domains are you planning on setting up. If only one then you don't need to worry about it.

This may help...

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...

"i know i can set up the other 3 as workstations"

Yep that's how you do it. It ads and OU to the Active Directory just as it does for a workstation. What makes it a server and not just a Station is the roles you install on it. If you install File Server Roles then it becomes a server. I think you are reading too much into it.

As for a simple help guide on networking you might want to get a book because there is a lot to networking beyond servers.


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#2
July 23, 2010 at 14:58:12
krodami there is a huge amount you need to know to answer those questions.
It is even more complicated since you are using SBS which is a standalone system.

You can add another DC as a DC to SBS. Microsoft recommends you have two DCs for Active Directory failover.
You can add servers as member servers to Active Directory.

Start by getting a 2008 server book.


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#3
July 23, 2010 at 15:44:04
Windows 7 is not a server OS. Do you actually have a version of Microsoft Server installed on one of your computers?

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