How to use Another Logon server ?

Microsoft Windows server 2003 r2 enterpr...
August 13, 2010 at 17:27:51
Specs: Windows server 2003 R2
Hi , I have a Local LAN setup with
1 Windows Domain Controller and various Member servers , using roaming profiles susefully configured
in a Dfs Namespace , with separated profiles and documents folders
I use a OU for a specific user Group called [GP-REPL] , have 3 users and 3 member computers in this OU

I use redirected folders witch apply to this specific group

In AD Users and computers , users profile goes like this " \\Mynamespace\USR\[P]\[GP-REPL]\%USERNAME "
Homefolder config goes like this " \\Mynamespace\USR\[D]\[GP-REPL]\%USERNAME%

In folder redirection of respective OU , i separate policy based on group membership like this

eg: for start menu i use " \\Mynamespace\USR\[P]\[GP-REPL]\%USERNAME\Start Menu

My questions are:

1) If i deploy a Second DC as a BDC
How can i effectivelly maintain shyncronized profiles in both , if the replication of roaming profiles is NOT supported officially ( I'v had my share of this.... )

2) Will the BDC be a Logon Server ?

3) What happens if I fail the primary DC , and a user Logs IN..


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August 14, 2010 at 02:32:01
1) Theres no such thing as a BDC in Windows 2003. All DC's are peers. You do not need to replicate roaming profiles. You just need a dedicated server that the profiles can sit on. The UNC path naturally must remain consistent on the user object in AD. You could employ a DFS but MS dont recommend roaming profiles on DFS's because they dont scale well and you will encounter a myriad of peformance issues.

2) All DC's act as logon servers

3) If a DC fails users will logon/authenticate to whichever DC is available

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August 14, 2010 at 11:46:18
Ok , but if i setup a second DC i have to manually recreate the Users
folder structure in file system , setup permissions etc.. populate the namespace in the other DC ( this is the easy part ) including setting
up their respective targets in DFS ( without replication , just setting 2 targets
in two DC ) selecting the first as "first among all targets" the other as last

With this setup , can a user log in second DC if for instance the first target
is not operational ?
How does the FIRST Login in the second DC takes place ?

Do I really need to pre-polulate the 2nd Users directories with previous
data taken from first DC ?

The way i see it , DC are in same site , for a failover to occur I must manually Disable primary target ( or offline the server, whatever )
BUT then if i don't previously copy data to 2nd DC where is he going to
get the users data ?


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August 23, 2010 at 14:28:11
"if i setup a second DC i have to manually recreate the Users "

flock you need a book on active directory and server 2003. You clearly have no understanding of these from your answers.

Once you understand how dcs work [you don't manually recreate users... ever] then you can move on to DFS and FRS [hints to what you wish to accomplish]

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August 28, 2010 at 01:53:36
Ok , give you full credit about my understanding of DC operation , only notice that
the full sentence is this "recreate the Users folder structure in file system"
and what i mean with this is - copy - the user data to 2nd dc , my fault on phrasing
but thanks anyways

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August 30, 2010 at 08:33:46
then hopefully this will help

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