- Windows Clustering 101
- Forest Creation Process
- Installation of Root Domain
- Quality Assurance
- Forest Preparation, DNS, and Exchange
- Installation of Bridgehead Servers and the Child Domain
- Installing DHCP and WINS Services
- Patching and Updating Domain Controllers
- Exchange Domain Preparation
- Creation of Initial Service and Administration Resources
Creation of Initial Service and Administration Resources
This section covers the creation of the initial service and administration accounts and services. These accounts and resources are created before security and group policy are applied to the domain and forest. The resources are needed to flesh out the core servers and services of the Windows Server 2003 network and Active Directory.
The process of installing these services is outlined in Figure 6.4.
Figure 6.4 Creating Service and Administration Resources.
To create the necessary services, do as follows:
Create a Tier 1 OU called Service Administration.
Create three child OUs under Service Administration called Users, Computers, and Groups.
Select the Users OU, right-click and select New and then select User.
In the New Object User dialog box, enter the first and last name of the user (for example, Mickey Mouse).
In the Full Name edit field, follow the guidelines in your Active Directory Architecture for service and administration accounts (make sure the logon account name is the same as the Full Name field).
Enter the password provided and then follow the password reset guidelines for the service accounts.
Select Finish and create the account.
After the account is created, open the account and provide it the appropriate group membership. Create more of the same account using the Copy account facility (this retains group membership for all accounts). Perform this on the Tier 1 OU called Service Accounts.
Next, create a root OU at the same level as Service Administration, and call it Servers. Under this OU, create three sub-OUs for cluster servers and call them Exchange, SQL Server, and File and Print. The OU namespace is demonstrated in Figure 6.5. The reason for this namespace is such that you can create GPOs for the Exchange, SQL Server, and File and Print Servers, respectively.
Figure 6.5 Creating OUs for cluster servers.
Next, we install the line of business servers that are configured and clustered for high availability.