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What is the best practice to add a second windows server to an existing domain in a small business environment?

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  • What is the best practice to add a second windows server to an existing domain in a small business environment?
    Monday, May 20, 2019 12:59 PM

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  • hi,
    1 can you enter winver in command prompt on your DC server and look the os version ?
    2 can you enter winver in command prompt on your second window server and look the os version ?
    3 do you want to add second windows server to an existing domain only as member server ?
    if the answer is yes .in general ,we can create server account the same as the host name of a second windows server in ADUC on DC .
    set static ip address ,subnet mask ,default gateway then set perferred DNS server pointed to the ip address of DC on your second windows server.we can also refer below video to complete it .
    How To Join Windows Server 2016 to a Domain
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCg_wYFPAlw

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    Monday, May 20, 2019 3:04 PM
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    Sunday, May 26, 2019 1:18 PM
  • I'd check that domain functional level is at least 2003, then use dcdiag / repadmin tools to verify health correcting all errors found before starting. Then stand up the new 2016, patch it fully, license it, join existing domain, add active directory domain services, promote it also making it a GC (recommended), transfer FSMO roles over (optional), transfer pdc emulator role (optional), use dcdiag / repadmin tools to verify health, when all is good you can decommission / demote old one and move on to next one. Also at some point either before or after I'd recommend migrating sysvol replication from older FRS technology to DFSR
    https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Storage-at-Microsoft/Streamlined-Migration-of-FRS-to-DFSR-SYSVOL/ba-p/425405

    If adding a 2019 domain controller then the only changes above would be that DFL should be at 2008 R2 and sysvol replication migration from from older FRS technology to DFSR is manditory beforehand.

     

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    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
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    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

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    Sunday, May 26, 2019 1:24 PM
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    Andy YOU
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    Tuesday, May 28, 2019 11:01 PM