I have been given a month to build a win2k active directory based - 24
blade Citrix server farm. I am using Dell 1655 blades. I currently
have a few questions related to both Termservices/Citrix and Active
Directory, so any input into either would be very much appreciated.
The blade farm has 24 servers across four chassis and will also
include two additional Dell 1u servers. One will run the Dell Image
server. And the other will run the master node server.
I am required to build this farm in its own domain for organizational
reasons. The problem I have is that this farm has to be built
off-site without comms to the forest it will be joining, and then once
tested moved and joined into the forest.
So, out of all this, I have the following questions :
1) where to place the data collector: for 24 servers, should the
collector be a dedicated machine or not? Not sure what Citrix
recommends, I remember something like a dedicated DC for 50+ servers.
My guess is, at a push, a data collector could still service some
citrix users with appropriate load evaluators configured.
2) I need to build a DC, a backup DC, a primary DNS and a
I thought about using the two additional 1u Dell servers as the
primary DC + secondary DNS on one and 'secondary' DC and primary DNS
on the other. My concern here is that I remember reading somewhere
that the DNS server should not sit on a DC for some reason or
other...security I believe but not sure.
3) In order to build this farm domain off site, what options are
available to me, i.e. can I build a child domain off site that can't
see its parent forest and then move it in at a later stage? Would I
have to build a seperate forest instead and then move this forest?
Could I bring one DC from the customers production network and put on
out network in order to provde the parent forest entity?
4)How would I integrate the DNS infrastructure at a later stage. i.e.
I guess I would have a DNS zone for a child domain which would need to
be integrated with a parents DNS. Or I may have a forest DNS which
would need to integrate with another forests DNS?
Thanks in advance.