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MCSE: Windows 2000 Exams in a Nutshell by Paul Murphy, Michael Moncur

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Directory Maintenance and Replication

A good network administrator knows that thoroughly planning a network before actually implementing it will save a tremendous amount of time and effort in the long run. An experienced network administrator knows that no matter how well you plan a network, the network will have to be changed to meet the ever changing needs of its users.

The three main tasks you’ll have to perform are: adding a new server, moving a server to a new replication site, and removing a server from the network. Because hardware is constantly improving, adding new servers or consolidating tasks performed by a few less powerful servers on a new server is commonplace. This type of activity can occur quite frequently if your company is growing rapidly.

Creating a Server Object

Everything in Active Directory is an object. In the case of a server, a server object is the logical representation of the physical machine in the hierarchical AD database. When you install a new server, you’ll have to add it to the Active Directory using the following steps:

  1. Choose Start Programs Administrative Tools Active Directory Sites and Services.

  2. Double-click on the site you would like to add the server to.

  3. Right-click on the Servers folder and choose New Server.

  4. You’ll see the New Object -- Server screen. Type in a name for the new server and click the OK button.

Moving Server Objects Between Sites

Sites are areas of the network that have high interconnectivity bandwidth. They’re used to ...

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