Offsite Domain Controller/Active Directory

July 27, 2011 at 14:56:31
Specs: Windows 2008 R2 Standard
I am familiar with setting up a domain controller and active directory in a local environment. However, I have a new client who is opening four stores. I want to put a domain controller at the site with the fastest internet connection (that's pretty logical, right?) and link the other three sites to it for easier management, as well as cost control.

I was planning on buying a Dell server with Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard or Enterprise (plus enough CAL's to support the users. There will be approx 25-30 users.)

All sites will have HP computers running Windows 7 Professional OEM. Will I need a server at each location? Or can I just link the remote computers to the one site? I COULD get a VPN router at each location and set up all the sites to link. I don't really want the primary internet connection bouncing from one site to another though, as if by proxy, because it slows the internet down and gives awful pingtimes.

Basically I'm asking for the best way to accomplish this, and I hope I've explained it well enough =)


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#1
July 29, 2011 at 12:32:42
You have begun in the middle of the process and not at the beginning.

The beginning starts with a worksheet listing;

how many users /devices at each location
what applications they are using and how
internal topology
external bandwidth at each site
what communication do they require between sites
what external entities need internal access [suppliers for example]
security issues/concerns
who is going to administer the network internally
budget

This is just a short list. You can't begin to design server/network topolgy until you understand how they are going to use the system

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#2
July 29, 2011 at 22:46:10
Actually, I hadn't overlooked any of that stuff, but thanks.
I know how many users and devices I have (I even mentioned CAL's)
They're using office, outlook, and webbased apps
external bandwidth sucks, that's why I mentioned putting the server at the site with the most bandwidth
communcation between sites - they should look like one site, like I said above
no external entities need internal access
basic security will be fine
I'm administering the network
Budget will molded around what's needed.

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#3
August 1, 2011 at 21:47:52
OK. So share your specs

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