N/APosted on - 11/15/2011
Should you run the AD on your server or is it recommended that it runs on a different machine? If it needs to be run on a different machine, are there any recommended OS’s that should run it?
I want Server 2003 and then, let’s say, two clients. Do I have to buy the server separately or does it come with the AD?
AD on same machine that has server
It appears that you are going to have a simple configuration meaning 1 server and two clients. With that configuration I would say you should be fine to run Active Directory on the server. If you were to have more clients I would say separate because authentication traffic can place heavy utilization on a machine with lots of clients and objects. But if you are implementing something very simple you should be okay running on the same server.
Also unless you purchase something in a bundle you will have to purchase the server and software separately. So you would have to buy your server class machine and then purchase the software for Microsoft as well as licensing. Hope this helps and should you have any additional questions please respond to this post.