Additional Domain Controller VS Child Domain

Microsoft Windows server 2003 enterprise
February 23, 2010 at 02:10:45
Specs: Windows XP
Dear All,
i have a domain controller in my head office and now we open a remote office which is connected by IPVPN(MPLS)and i want to install one server in the site office. so that server will be a child domain or additional domain
which one is the best Practice? please reply me ASAP.

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February 23, 2010 at 07:13:41
Do you have a need, or specific reason for making this a child, or brand new domain?

What I'm wondering is, is there any reason not to make this server a part of your existing domain?

The simplest thing would be to make it a DC in your existing domain. Then users in that location would authenticate to that DC and still be able to access domain resources in your main location providing you have a VPN setup to protect your data.

If you have the budget, I'd highly recommend you build a redundant DC in your main location and set it up in such a way that it can take over should your first DC ever fail.

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February 23, 2010 at 07:39:00
no my DC Naver fail yet i have new setup and i have no reason for either child domain or additional domain but i just want to some body help me which one is the best practics either child domain or additional domain.

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February 23, 2010 at 08:32:46
additonal domain controller in the existing domain.

You have no reason for a child domain, or additional domain or different domain/forest.

Might want to review what Active Directory is all about. MS recommends a minimum of two DCs for AD failover. Your present config leaves you at risk of catastrophic loss.

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February 23, 2010 at 18:11:50
You state you have no need for an additional domain or domain controller. I may agree with the first part of that comment, not the second.

You very well may not have a need for a second domain, but whether you realize it or not, you most certainly have a need for a second DC. I'll assume you don't have a backup of Active Directory. So what happens if your DC dies. Your AD infrastructure dies with it.

I agree with above. You need a second DC.

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February 23, 2010 at 23:18:17
Dear can you post me exectly what is the advantages of additional domain and child domain?

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February 24, 2010 at 06:43:11
Any answer to that question wouldn't make sense because you don't understand active directory yet. Please spend some time in an Active Directory book like one of the mcse training books.

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February 24, 2010 at 06:57:20
thanks for your kind reply wanderer

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September 8, 2010 at 03:02:58
install ADC i.e better for you

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September 8, 2010 at 15:08:48

You said, "install ADC i.e better for you"

I've noticed you've used this acronym a couple times now and thought it important I point out that you're using it incorrectly.

How is it you think an "Active Directory Connector" will help in this situation?

I realize you thought ADC meant something else. It doesn't, ADC = active directory connector. If you want proof, just hit microsoft's knowledgebase and search "ADC"

Just FYI, a DC (domain controller) is a DC is a DC. If it's a redundant DC, it's not an "additional" DC, it's still a "DC". Even if it's the 7th DC in a domain, that DC is still a DC.

Please don't confuse people by using this acronym incorrectly (or any other for that matter) in the future. The only thing worse than no information is, giving out the wrong information.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
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I am the captain of my soul.

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