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    I have one DC and 2 member servers. I was thinking of adding another server that'll be a second DC to share the load with the other DC. I was wondering if I did do that, is there anything other than doing DCPROMO on the 2nd server that'll need doing? Things like FSMO roles. Should I be concerned about that?

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    Entirely up to you!

    I wouldn't bother too much if its only 2 DCs as you can share enough load (DNS/Authentication/etc) without messing with FSMO roles.

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    Yep leave the FMSO roles, just make the second DC a DNS server and Global Catalogue and your good to go

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    I wouldn't bother with making it a global catalogue, unless you have domain trusts in place and many, many users who are crossing the security boundaries. If not, all it will do is generate replication traffic.

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    Although it will increase the redundancy of the other DC. IF ones fails while your offside they can still run on the other DC.

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    Only if you have multiple domains. With only one domain in a forest, a global catalogue brings you no additional benefits because its purpose is to allow searching of other domains in the forest without knowing their full name.

    Edit: That's unless you're using Exchange in the same domain, which relies on GCs for the global address books.

    Edit: Actually, I'm talking total , you need a GC for logon requests Sorry. I haven't had much coffee today.
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    You got me lost then, i was going to say you need it to logon. We all have those days.

    Personally i would have another just in case, it will make more network traffic but on a LAN it wont be noticeable.

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    This should explain all you need to know about global catalouge servers.

    What Is the Global Catalog?: Active Directory

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