I have two public dedicated web servers that I want load-balanced using windows NLB. I want to take advantage of DFS replication to keep all my files in sync between the two servers.
To do this I need to configure Active Directory, which also requires DNS Server to be installed.
I know I'm a little over my head here, but hopefully I can get some answers on how to correctly set this up.
Can I use the 'dcpromo' wizard to setup a domain controller and DNS Server on my server?
What should I use for the FQDN, my public domain name (DNS setup externally) is house-mixes.com, should i use something different such as house-mixes.local?
Would installing the DNS server affect anyone accessing my web server to view the house-mixes.com website?
I just want to ensure I don't deny myself access to the machine after configuring and rebooting.
A few of you have pointed out that DFS may not be ideal in my situation, well I will explain my scenario a little more to hopefully find an elegant solution.
I am load balancing for 2 reasons, high availability and to spread the load (it's a pretty busy website).
Each of the 2 servers are identical both with around 10TB of the same data, an average of around 10-15gb of new data gets uploaded by users of the site each day, as well as a few GB deleted, files are never modified...just created or removed.
I need the uploaded files to be replicated pretty much instantly to the other machine otherwise the media files will work on one machine and not the other until they are in sync.
At the moment I have a SQL server database installed only on one of the machines, I do want to setup another SQL server as a backup on the other machine, but I will leave that for another question.
At the moment I am using some software called ViceVersa Pro, which is basically what rsync does but has the ability to do this when any file changes are recognised. This software has worked ok so far, but I was looking to try and do this without any third-party applications if possible.