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Upgrading of domains need suggestions plz

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#1 jmt2017


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Posted 11 January 2017 - 04:24 AM

Hello everyone!


I am a Junior IT admin but my employer is giving me a lot of responsibilities lately and as such I need some help. One of the challenges he gave me is to solve this scenario and propose a better setup. At the moment I have two sites which are geographically close to each other but not so close to be on CAT5 cabling. So there's a fibre link in between and their IP schemas are different. Moreover they are running different AD versions..one is Windows 2008 R2 and the other is the now obsolete Windows 2003.


The scenario we want is to phase out BOTH ADs and move both sites on the same domain in such a way that if one of the ADs fails it will failover to the other AD. Therefore the sites must have distinguishable ADs but still pertain to the same forest. The users on this server will store their data on a central storage which preferably will be a SAN or something similar.

What do you guys and dolls suggest for a setup like this? VMWARE, HYPERV, Veeam..?


Thanks all


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#2 sflatechguy


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Posted 15 January 2017 - 01:21 PM

When you say AD, do you mean domain controller? If you have multiple domain controllers on the same domain, one will pick up the slack if the other fails as long as replication is working. And I'm still not clear if there will be one domain, or separate domains for each site. If you are using different domains, probably the best way is to configure a forest root domain, and make each site's domain a subdomain of the forest root. That way each subdomain will automatically trust the other.


I would set up each location as a separate site, associate the appropriate IP ranges with the appropriate site, and make sure there are at least two DCs for each site.


In terms of which VM solution to use, that depends largely on your budget and which will be easiest for you to manage.

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