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Active Directory Question

Running AD on a dedicated system



8:56 pm on Aug 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Greetings folks,

Ok I'm a total newbie when it comes to this stuff so please bare with me. I am setting up MS SQL server 2003 on a dedicated system and I wanna set up Active Directory (win svr 2003).

Though, I'm not sure if I should run AD by itself on a separate machine or run it on the same machine as the SQL sever. It would make sense to say run it alone (for growth reasons) but what the monkey do I know!?!

So what do you guys think? Is it fairly common to run AD on system by itself? Thanks for any and all comments!



12:44 am on Aug 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Have a look at [microsoft.com...] .

You can run Windows 2003 Server with Active Directory and SQL on it at the same time, provided you have enough grunt. This is how Small Business Server works.

However, if your DB application is fairly intensive, I would recomend a seperate DB server.


2:57 pm on Aug 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the assistance. I think I will keep MS SQL and AD on separate machines. Thanks!



10:30 pm on Aug 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hello again, one more quick question...

If I'm just developing a simple three-tier system (web server to application server to Db server) is it recommended that I exclude active directory?

Basically, what's the cut off point where you just don't need to use active directory?

Thank in advance!

_milo 8^)


1:25 am on Aug 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Is this an internal or external application?

If it is internal, you can use AD to authenticate users, instead of requiring them to sign in. So this may make it worthwhile if it is a large internal application.

If it is external, I am not sure if you would get a lot of benefit.

AD is about managing the users on your network to do common tasks - i.e. group policy, security settings, authenticate users etc.

I would suggest you read into the _business_ benefits of what AD can do for your business. If it meets your business needs, then jump into how to do it technically.


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