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SBS additional domain server installation

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  • Hi, we currently have sbs 2011 std and we want to install a secondary or additional domain controller on server 2012. Is it good to install secondary domain on server 2012 in sbs 2011 environment?
    • Edited by aussy99 Sunday, April 09, 2017 10:28 AM
    Sunday, April 09, 2017 10:20 AM

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  • It is possible and it is supported. whether or nit it is "good" to do so will depend greatly on whether your budget and feature needs allow for it. a 2012 or higher server in an SBS domain is a relatively expensive proposition because two CALs (one SBS, one 2012) are needed for each user/device.
    • Marked as answer by aussy99 Monday, April 10, 2017 6:35 AM
    Sunday, April 09, 2017 11:32 AM
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  • What Cliff said, and further, what is the purpose?  If the SBS goes off line your users will still be able to logon to the domain, they can access the internet if you turn on DNS on the router and repoint their stations.  What they will not be able to do in a classic SBS domain is to access email, access sharepoint, access shared files and folders, or receive faxes if the server is used for this purpose.

    The administrator (you?) will be spending all their time getting the SBS back on line, not messing with another DC.  When it comes  back on line you may need to decide in the moment if you must do an authoritative or non authoritative restore of the System State.  Both of these issues complicate recovery which you still must do.

    I will add that in 200 SBS server years I have never had one go off line except for planned maintenance.  Better, imo, to use great hardware, RAID storage on hardware controller with excellent UPS in environment friendly to computers, to maintain it well and pay attention to the event logs and the backups from the SBS Console to at least three external USB drives. 

    If you want to purchase additional hardware, then get another server to which you can restore the SBS, either as a VM or on bare metal.


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    • Marked as answer by aussy99 Monday, April 10, 2017 6:35 AM
    Sunday, April 09, 2017 2:15 PM
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  • It is possible and it is supported. whether or nit it is "good" to do so will depend greatly on whether your budget and feature needs allow for it. a 2012 or higher server in an SBS domain is a relatively expensive proposition because two CALs (one SBS, one 2012) are needed for each user/device.
    • Marked as answer by aussy99 Monday, April 10, 2017 6:35 AM
    Sunday, April 09, 2017 11:32 AM
    Moderator
  • What Cliff said, and further, what is the purpose?  If the SBS goes off line your users will still be able to logon to the domain, they can access the internet if you turn on DNS on the router and repoint their stations.  What they will not be able to do in a classic SBS domain is to access email, access sharepoint, access shared files and folders, or receive faxes if the server is used for this purpose.

    The administrator (you?) will be spending all their time getting the SBS back on line, not messing with another DC.  When it comes  back on line you may need to decide in the moment if you must do an authoritative or non authoritative restore of the System State.  Both of these issues complicate recovery which you still must do.

    I will add that in 200 SBS server years I have never had one go off line except for planned maintenance.  Better, imo, to use great hardware, RAID storage on hardware controller with excellent UPS in environment friendly to computers, to maintain it well and pay attention to the event logs and the backups from the SBS Console to at least three external USB drives. 

    If you want to purchase additional hardware, then get another server to which you can restore the SBS, either as a VM or on bare metal.


    Larry Struckmeyer [MVP]-- --If your question is answered please mark the response as the answer so that others can benefit.

    • Marked as answer by aussy99 Monday, April 10, 2017 6:35 AM
    Sunday, April 09, 2017 2:15 PM
    Moderator