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asked 2020-08-25T12:24:57.907+00:00
Ataro 21 Reputation points

I have a case scenario where around 100 systems will be integrated with single active directory with 2 domain controllers and I need to ship 1 domain controllers and all the 100 systems to site for productions. I will retain the second domain controller and integrate another 50 systems. Later after 6 months I will ship the second domain controller with 50 systems to site for a final integration. Is it possible?

What is the impact with respect to group policy, password change etc?

After moving the 2nd DC to site will they get sync properly?

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  1. answered 2020-08-25T12:37:22.777+00:00
    Dave Patrick 328.8K Reputation points Microsoft MVP

    If you disconnected the two for six months then the isolated domain controller will tombstone plus production system will have no knowledge of the 50 new members.

    As long as you can maintain a VPN connection between sites it should be doable.

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  2. answered 2020-08-25T22:02:52.493+00:00
    BOURBITA Thameur 11,476 Reputation points Microsoft MVP

    Hi,

    If you want to install two domain controllers in two different sites , you have to establish a VPN connection between those sites to ensure the AD replication ,time synchronization , reset password ..ect.

    Before move a domain controller to another site you have to be sure that VPN is working fine between the two sites.

    when the isolation period exceed tombstone, the domain controller will be unable to replicate with other partners and you have to demote it and promote it again.

    So, it's not a good idea to keep a domain controller isolated for six months.

    Don't forget to mark this reply as answer if it help you to fix your issue

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  3. answered 2020-08-26T07:02:08.047+00:00
    Stephanie Yu 381 Reputation points

    Hello avilavinash-2191,

    Thank you for posting here.

    Here are the answer for your references.

    According to your description, my understanding is that you have a single active directory with 2 domain controller(Assuming the names are DC1 and DC2),and the two DCs are in the same site (assuming the name is Site1).

    Now 100 systems are operating normally in the subnet segment divided by Site1. You want to build another site (let us say it’s called Site2) later after 6 months and you want to move DC2 to Site2.

    Do you want to move 50 of the 100 existing systems to Site2 where DC2 is located, or do you want to create 50 new systems for DC2 and add 50 more systems after six months? No matter what your situation is, please confirm the following information:

    1. Check if AD environment is healthy. Check whether all DCs in this domain is working fine by running Dcdiag /v on each DC.
    2. Check if AD replication works properly by running repadmin /showrepl and repadmin /replsum on each DC.
    3. Check both SYSVOL folder and Netlogon folder are shared by running net share on each DC.
    4. Check we can update gpupdate /force on each DC successfully.

    The following is a response to your question:
    Q1: What is the impact with respect to group policy, password change etc?

    A1: If your sites or DCs are physically separated, you need to ensure that the VPN you have to establish a VPN connection between those sites.

    If your sites or DCs are in the same domain physical location, there will be no problems.

    Follow the above step1-step4 to check, if everything is normal, the operation will not affect the problem you mentioned.

    Q2: After moving the 2nd DC to site will they get sync properly?

    A2: In response to this problem, after moving the 2nd DC to site, you can run repadmin /syncall /AdeP and gpupdate /force on the two DCs to force AD replication synchronization.

    If all DCs get sync after running repadmin /syncall /AdeP, we can follow step1-step4 to check AD environment again. If everything is normal after checking, it means AD is working fine.

    Hope the information is helpful. If anything is unclear, please feel free to let us know.

    Best Regards,
    Stephanie Yu

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