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    Netbook logon times server

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    We will be adding 300 netbooks to our network bringing our total number 600
    Currently I have 1 server 2003
    I am concerned log on times will increase
    Does anyone have any suggestions
    Do I purchase additional servers
    If so what service controls the logon authentication
    Thanks any ideas would be much appreciated

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    Logon times will only increase if everybody is trying to log on at the same time. It would make more sense to have more servers especially if more work will need to be saved to the users area on the server as well as load balancing.

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    Hi djgreek,

    What is your current setup at the moment? Is it just one server completley, are files served from somewhere else (another file server, a san?).

    I would definetly add more "domain controllers" to your network, for a start..


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    Hi All
    We will be adding 300 netbooks to our network bringing our total number 600
    Currently I have 1 server 2003
    I am concerned log on times will increase
    Does anyone have any suggestions
    Do I purchase additional servers
    If so what service controls the logon authentication
    Thanks any ideas would be much appreciated

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    Hi
    Current set up

    Server 2003

    Proxy Server which also controls wireless authentication
    Webserver (intranet)


    No extra student data will be added to server

    The issue will be at 9.00 am when the netbook users all try and log on at the same time

    Do you suggest 2 extra domain controllers and a SAN

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    If your data will not increase in size then I would leave the SAN for now but I would defiantly have another DC in your setup even if it's just a low spec one to provide redundancy for your Active Directory.

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    This doc will help :

    Determining the Minimum Number of Domain Controllers Required: Active Directory

    If you have a P4 Xeon with 4 GB of ram then that will be sufficient for 600 connections.
    But now you are increasing your network greatly. therefor managment should give you extra $$ for add another domain controller. I would never run a domain with 600 users on 1 domain controller.

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    You really need to get another DC on-line, what happens if the current one crashes???

    No one would be able to log on.

    Redundancy is far more important than speed in my opinion.

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    Thanks all
    I will install 2 new dc

    Server 1
    Do i leave dns printerserver dhcp applications (games) on server 1

    Server 2
    dc

    Server 3
    Dc

    What do you all suggest

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    I'd say Server1 DC with DNS and DHCP, Server2 DC Secondary DNS server (doesn't need to be really high spec) then Server3 (Higher Spec) as a member server running apps that you don't want on a DC e.g. Web Server, SQL, WSUS etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie_monster View Post
    I'd say Server1 DC with DNS and DHCP, Server2 DC Secondary DNS server (doesn't need to be really high spec) then Server3 (Higher Spec) as a member server running apps that you don't want on a DC e.g. Web Server, SQL, WSUS etc
    Fully agree with CM here... as an extra you could place a second DHCP server on DC2.

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