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Hardware Thread, What to do with spare xeon server. Advice please. in Technical; If the second DC goes down, just delete it from AD (using Server 2008 or R2 I think) and that'll ...
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    If the second DC goes down, just delete it from AD (using Server 2008 or R2 I think) and that'll clean it off fine. You'll then drop down to one again fine.

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    One last question am I ok having 2008r2 as main dc but 2003 as dc backup or should I push the school to get 2008r2 all round

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    You can take back any roles that the backup DC has (if any) and use ADSI Edit to remove any references to the backup DC from your AD structure.

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    Yes you can use 2003 as the OS on the second DC - you won't be able to raise the schema beyond 2003 though so you'll lose a couple of features.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post
    I really hope that he did this.

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    Wow that's going back a few years. All my schools now have 2 physical servers, one of which is running hyper v with 3 virtual server one of these is a second DC, another runs remote desktop server and one wsus etc.

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    Wish I'd done this

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    Quote Originally Posted by somabc View Post
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    I wish I'd done this

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    Stick five 2TB SATA harddrives in it and run a bunch of VMs on it - one file server, plus whatever other services might come in handy (Wiki, print-to-PDF homework handin server, etc).
    With 2GB of ram?

    Also given that it's got 75G drives ( I suspect that's actualy 72G ) they will be Paralel Scsi rather than SAS so the backplane won't take SATA.

    Chances are also that the CPU is not up to running a modern Hypervisor.


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    No, I was talking about using spare PCs as bitcoin miners in 2011 but never did it as it wasn't cost effective at the time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by twin--turbo View Post
    With 2GB of ram? Also given that it's got 75G drives ( I suspect that's actualy 72G ) they will be Paralel Scsi rather than SAS so the backplane won't take SATA. Chances are also that the CPU is not up to running a modern Hypervisor.
    Slightly older thread, but still valid: you can run paravirtualised instances of Linux under Xen (and / or XenServer) without hardware support for virtualisation on an older CPU. Ideally, you'd want to fill the server with as much RAM as possible (you can probably get it second-hand off eBay for a bargin price now) and you're right, you'd probably need to add a separate controller for SATA drives. Of course, these days I'd go for 4TB drives. It probably wouldn't be the best-performing file server ever, but it would probably be reasonable enough as a large backup server or similar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3s-gtech View Post
    Yes you can use 2003 as the OS on the second DC - you won't be able to raise the schema beyond 2003 though so you'll lose a couple of features.
    Stupid past-self - you won't be able to raise the FUNCTIONAL LEVEL. The schema will raise fine. That taught you. If only the edit button worked three years later.

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    I'm playing with a Dell T840 with a Xeon processor. I was planning to use it for video editing. I've put 64 bit Windows 7 on. Trouble is the fan is louder than a 747 taking off!

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