Adding a Second Domain Controller

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Domain Controller
Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Is there a best set of steps to add a second Win 2003 domain controller to my network?  Our current DC is a virtual Win 2003 Std server on a Win 2003 host.  I know that studying the Microsoft documentation is good, but I wondered if there is a quick step guide or something to shorten the learning process.  I've installed server OSs several years ago and have gotten behind in my skills in this area, so i am looking for a refresher and guide so as not to miss a required step.

I have not added a second dc to a current Win 2003 network before either, and know that i have to be aware of the differences from starting a new network with a single DC and server.

Any assistance is greatly appreciated!


Software/Hardware used:
Windows Server 2003 Std., Dell Poweredge 2500; 1 gig RAM; 113gigs HD total; dual processors

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A second domain controller is very straight forward. The infrastructure is already there all you need to do is add the second one.
1. Add the server as a member server to the domain
2. run dcpromo to open the installation wizard
3. Go through the wizard to complete installation
4. Once the server reboots, it will be the second DC.

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  • R vishaal
    yeah that was pretty straight forward install 2003 server on a new Virtual or Real server Promoting an additional domain controller 1. Verify that the domain controller that is to be promoted has DNS name resolution and network connectivity to existing domain controllers in the domain controller's target domain. 2. Click Start, click Run, type dcpromo /adv, and then click OK. 3. Click Next to bypass the Welcome to the Active Directory Installation Wizard and Operating System Compatibility dialog boxes. 4. On the Domain Controller Type page, click Additional domain controller for an existing domain, and then click Next. 5. On the Copying Domain Information page, click From these restored backup files:, and then type the logical drive and the path of the alternative location where the system state backup was restored. Click Next. 6. In Network Credentials, type the user name, the password, and the domain name of an account that is a member of the domain administrators group for the domain that you are promoting in. 7. Continue with the remainder of the Active Directory Installation Wizard pages as you would with the standard promotion of an additional domain controller. 8. After the SYSVOL tree has replicated in, and the SYSVOL share exists, delete any remaining restored system files and folders. ....
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