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    ADDING A NEW SERVER 2008R2 PLS HELP

    Hi guys, I have two servers 2003DC (32bit), which have been there for some time. I thought of adding a new server 2008R2 (DELL T710) so that I can release some roles from my old server (DC1) which runs really slowly. DC1 is DNS/DHCP/File Server/Print Server/Ranger. DC2 (GC) is DNS/DHCP/Application Server/File server. I want to add the new server 2008R2 and add DNS /print server/ Ranger.

    Can anyone advice me on how to do this please.

    THANKS IN ADVANCE

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    Ranger...

    Your only issue here will be Ranger as the routine of simply adding a server to the forest is relatively simple.

    How well do you know 2008R2?

    2008R2 has this server quick start configure manager that loads up when you finish the initial O/S install. I can't remember the actual name of it, either way its a nice list of all the things you should do before you start adding roles.

    Activate it, set time, Windows Updates, Allow Remote connection, Improvement Program opt-in, networking, server name etc..

    All straight forward, complete all this then add the server to the domain, since the roles you mentioned don't need it to be a domain controller, you don't need to do a DCpromo.

    Though of course, Ranger however will need to probably tie into your Active Directory, so i'm wondering if it does need to be a DC.

    Your best bet is to talk to Ranger, its what you pay them annual costs for. Get their advice.

    Yet another example of how a third party managing product causes unnecessary complications. lol. A lot of us have all been there.

    Three Servers, how big is your school? I assume a High School or large Middle?
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    You'll need to update the schema to introduce a 2008 R2 DC to your domain.

    And as above, you're probably best contacting Ranger or do away with it completely depending on your intentions.

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