Setting up a backup AD server.

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Active Directory
Active Directory backup
AD
Backup Server
Load balancing
Windows
Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2008 R2
what is the proper method of setting up a second AD server for backup and load balancing? What needs to be setup and what is the proper procedure?

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Windows server 2008 r2
ASKED: September 21, 2010  4:11 PM
UPDATED: September 21, 2010  5:57 PM

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Install Windows and then install the DNS server on the machine. Add the machine to the domain. Then install Active Directory on the machine using dcpromo. After the machine is setup as a domain controller change the DNS settings for all the other computers on the domain so that the second domain controller is the backup DNS server for all the client computers.

Also make sure that both domain controllers are setup as global catalogs.

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