How many domain controllers?
Hi there - you may recall that I have recently taken over a school network (Windows 2003 Active Directory) that seems to be something of a mess!! I am frequently getting network problems (see previous post) today I lost one of the domain controllers and the whole network just stopped - servers and PCs. I had to physically remove the power lead from the server to get it up and running.
I'm guessing the server that crashed was the PDC Emulator - but I wouldn't have expected the whole network to stop because of this.
I have today discovered that of my servers I have 3 domain controllers setup with user profiles and as file servers. I have an Exchange 2003 Server - also setup as a domain controller. I have a Windows 2003 NAS box - setup as a domain controller!!! The only device in my network (other than PCs) that is not a domain controller is another NAS box. So I have 5 domain controllers in a 6 server network!! I have around 150 laptops and 200 student PCs in the domain along with about 50 printers. All kit is located on one site.
I think I should demote the Exchange Server to a member server and demote the NAS box to be a member server too. I also think I should move all files and profiles off of the domain controllers and store them on a NAS box.
Do you think this is the right approach?