Two DC Windows Server Essential 2019 or 2022 in one domain

Maciek.MS 21 Reputation points
2022-03-25T15:10:28.507+00:00

Hello,
My client has two offices in different locations. one of them has a bad internet connection.
He wants one AD in both locations, but different Windows Server Essential 2019 or 2022 as DC
Does anyone know if there will be any problems with the license or functionalities?
I would like to point out that in both locations it has a maximum of 15 users and it will not increase it for the time being.

Regards

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  1. Dave Patrick 426.3K Reputation points MVP
    2022-03-25T15:24:11.293+00:00

    Sounds like you'll need Windows Server Standard for this if they both are to be the same domain. Essentials will always want to be a root domain controller and you can only have one essentials domain controller.

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  1. Maciek.MS 21 Reputation points
    2022-03-25T15:47:37.657+00:00

    @Dave Patrick thank's for express answer

    Sorry, maybe these are stupid questions ...

    So I understand that it is not so much a matter of some problems with the license or functionalities, but that it will not be possible to do at all, because after adding second WS Ess. to AD I will not be able to make it a full-fledged DC? Right?

    Will I then be able to add it to my domain (no DC) and install DFS or other services?

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  2. Dave Patrick 426.3K Reputation points MVP
    2022-03-25T16:16:08.45+00:00

    You can cancel the Configure Windows Server Essentials then from Server Manager you can join an existing domain.
    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server-essentials/install/add-windows-server-essentials-as-a-member-server

    This one could also be helpful in your scenario
    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server-essentials/manage/manage-branchcache-in-windows-server-essentials

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  3. Maciek.MS 21 Reputation points
    2022-03-25T20:15:02.1+00:00

    Many thanks for help.
    Regards