We have a Single Windows 2000 server (Back office edition, configured as a Primary domain controller).
It has SQL server 2000 running, which serves a bespoke database application. The server is also used as a simple fileserver for documents, etc... We do not use Exchange Server.
I need to have a way to kind of replicate this server to another server incase this server was to crash, with the other server instantly, or very quickly taking over, either automatically or through a quick reconfiguration of IP addresses, etc...
Now, one of the issues is that the server has certain networked applications that are not SQL server, or Active directory integrated.
The third requirement is to hopefully have a solution where the main server can be backed up whole to the backup server off-site over a Hi speeed SDSL connection.
My initial thinking was to setup another server localy, and they would both connect to a Network attached storage device. Then somehow copy that drive over the SDSL connection.
Does anyone have suggestions on which road to take on this ?
Any suggestions are welcome, even ones that involve new hardware.
Also would the task be easier if I upgraded them both to 2003 server ?