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    Secondary DC or Subdomain

    Hi everyone.
    I manage a local network at work in which i built a forest for my Active Directory. I work on Vsphere and the Windows Server 2012/R2 is obviously build on a VM. Every week i shut down the VM and follow some maintenance procedures. Now i have a task that is kind of tricky since i am not honestly that experienced in this topic. I have to manage some new users, working on the same network but in a department that needs to stay online 24/7. My thought is to make a second VM on my server and create a domain under my forest to add only these users. That way i will be able to shut down only the "primary" VM that holds the forest, for maintenance, and leave the other VM working uninterrupted. I am pretty sure there are some alternative scenarios and i am happy to hear them.
    Any help appreciated.
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    What sort of domain resources are required to be available 24/7?
    Joe

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    And what maintenance do you need to perform that requires you shut down the VM? (I've never shut down production VMs for regular maintenance.)

    If you have a production AD then you should have a second DC. If this is configured as a GC you can take the other DC offline for hours without anyone noticing - too much.

    cheers, Paul

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    A sub-domain requires a second DC so you are no better off and now have a more complex domain.

    cheers, Paul

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