DR Planning Help
OK Im in the process of trying to plan a proper DR Plan and have a few questions
Proposed setup -
2 DCs (DC01 & DC02),
2 File Servers (FS01 & FS02)
2 Proxy's (Proxy01 & Proxy02)
All "02" servers are for DR puproses, at any other time they are "idle" and just replicate from their 01's
How do I configure DC02 to only be used if DC01 is not available? Anytime i have 2 Dcs - users seem to use DC02 as well as DC01..?
Whats the best way to test DR?
Set both Domain Controllers as global catalogue servers that should work. Do you have DNS installed on the second one?
I think Gatt is wanting to use the second servers as hot standby servers, the only way I can think of is to set up a second site in sites and services for DR. Machines should connect to servers in their site be preference.
However, I wouldn`t do that. By load balancing things across the two servers you are ensuring replication etc is working, and in the event of a server fail, assuming both dc`s are global catalogues and handle DNS (as Per FN-Greatermanchester) the other server should pick up the load.
Assuming the second servers are in a different location, and have resilient network links should be a good solution.
You still need backups, build details etc in case things go really wrong with AD (as the problems would replicate between the servers!):doh:.