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    Adding a sbs 2003 server to existing sbs 2003 server

    I have recently deployed a new server with sbs 2003 on it on a LAN want to use the old server as a secondary server on the LAN in the same domain in case the primary server fails. Don't want it to do anything but synchronise with the primary server and to take over in the event of the primary server failing. Thinking of creating it as a child in the domain or dos it need to be domain of it's own and just join the same forest - is this the way to go or is there a better route. Also can only test this by connecting to the primary server which is live will it cause any issues? ie: connections issues to connected users? Be grateful for your input.

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    Re: Adding a sbs 2003 server to existing sbs 2003 server

    I think that by running the setup on the Server, joining it to an "existing" domain as a domain controller -- should do it, right? Then running dcpromo on the SBS machine to demote it. Unless there is something peculiar about the SBS that I am missing.

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    Re: Adding a sbs 2003 server to existing sbs 2003 server

    Yes this is fine, but demoting the secondary sbs 2003 server throws up errors and I can't proceed. All the blogs appear to warn against adding a secondary sbs 2003 server to an existing sbs 2003 domain, so I haven't connected it to the switch in case it causes problems with the live/primary sbs 2003 server and my connected users.

    Only want this secondary server to synchronise the data from the primary sbs server in the domain and sit dormant in case the primary server fails. What is the best way of achieving this please as some of the info appears to be conflicting.
    Last edited by Parttimer; 06-03-2012 at 04:06 PM. Reason: not enough content

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