Desktop domain controller

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Domain Controller
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is it safe to have 2 dc's running on a desktop platform. one holds fsmo roles. they both Global catalogs
ASKED: October 14, 2008  10:00 AM
UPDATED: October 15, 2008  5:27 PM

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Please elaborate a bit

Desktop Platforms (I assume you are talking about Hardware)

It depends, if you have a small/medium sized network that might work, but if you have something like a medium+ or large you might not want to do this.

Again, hardware requirments are there for guidance, if you are anticipating rapid growth in your organisation/company network you should consider buying proper server hardware.

Hope this Helps

Mutahir

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Depends on desktop platform config: RAM & processor. The drive space/speed may not be as much an issue if the host is only performing DC roles. I would recommend at least mirrored drives for redundancy. And as said before, the desktop platforms may be adequate for a small (<50 user) environment.

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  • Pressler2904
    At the risk of belaboring a point (???), a "beefy" desktop platform (what is commonly called a Workstation class system) would be a better bet than a standard desktop platform, as they generally have some sort of built in RAID capability and the drives are usually "enterprise" class SAS or SATA drives...
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