Quick design question



1) Im supposed to have a standalone forest, with two domains. Do I
need a separate DC just for the root of the forest?
2) Assuming yes to the first question, does the following FSMO layout
make sense?

FORREST DC - (Schema Master, Domain
Naming Master)
/ \
Domain 1 DC1 Domain 2 DC1
Domain 1 DC2 Domain 2 DC2

Domain 1 DC1 FSMOs: Operations Master, RID Master, PDC Emulator,
Global Catalog
Domain 1 DC2 FSMOs: Standby Operations Master, Infrastructure Master
Domain 2 DC1 FSMOs: Same as Domain 1 DC1
Domain 2 DC2 FSMOs: Same as Domain 1 DC2

So basically as a minimum, I am looking at 5 DCs for this setup? Are
the FSMOs OK?




Paul Bergson

I'm not sure what you mean by a standby fsmo role holder, there is no such
thing. I would have two dc's in your forest root, if you lose the forest
root's only dc you lose the forest. Not sure why you want an empty root
domain you can have two domains with different name spaces (Seperate domain
trees). This would save you two Dc's.

Such as:
chinesewidgets.com and americanwidgets.com
widgets.america.com and widgets.china.com

For more info check joeware he is an AD MVP and spends quite a log of time
within here.

Paul Bergson MCT, MCSE, MCSA, Security+, CNE, CNA, CCA

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Jorge de Almeida Pinto [MVP]

first of all answer WHY for "Im supposed to have a standalone forest, with
two domains"

for small environments a single domain forest should be enough. And as a
rule of thumb: always have at least 2 DCs for EACH domain and always backup
at least 2 DCs in each domain



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