Creating Multiple Domains

Microsoft Windows server 2008 enterprise
April 4, 2010 at 16:16:48
Specs: Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, 4.8GHZ/4GB
Hi there...

You guys have helped me out before and I am hoping you can do the same again :D

Well, our company is closing down for referb and I am thinking about re-doing the whole network, domain, shared resources, just about everything.

Clean install of all the operating systems on our three servers and a clean install on all of our client machines.

What I am slightly puzzled about is on how configuring what I need.

At the moment, we have three servers. All servers have active directory, DNS etc installed.

At our head office we have a domain, lets call it HEADOFFICE. Now people who are at our headoffice can log in, acccess shared resources etc.

We then have a small office located about 15 miles down the road and again, people who are at this office can log on to the domain called OFFICE 1. Again, they access shared resources etc.

And finally we have another office around 30 miles away (in a diffrent direction :D) which lets say the domain is called OFFICE 2. And once again they can access shared resources etc.

Now each of the servers are individual. I need them to "connect" to each other.

Lets say I have the main domain called OURCOMPANY at out headoffice then TOWN1.OURCOMPANY at office 1 and then TOWN2.OURCOMPANY at office 2.

On the clients workstation, they can select which domain to log onto as alot of our staff seems to be moving back and forth between our three premises and creating a new login for them at each place is alot of hassle.

I am based at headoffice, so if I am able to access say TOWN2.OURCOMPANY and create new OU's and user etc that would be great.

Is this possable?

So in a nut shell... I want to have three domain servers, one at HEADOFFICE, TOWN1 & TOWN2, to which all three domain names are selectable at client login and all, if not most, of the domain management can be done from headoffice.

Thanks in advance.
I look forward to any and all responses.


Daimian P Williams

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April 5, 2010 at 08:19:21
How many people/hosts per site?
What is the bandwidth between sites?

On first blush it appears you only need one domain in the forest. This would make administration and delegation much easier for you.

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April 5, 2010 at 12:22:35
One domain name was mentioned with a few other people whom i work with. We used one domain and allowed people to log in via VPN connection, execpt it was to slow for our network.

Would it then be possable to create one domain name... say OURCOMPANY and hove three servers (one at each location) so it would not be slow. But have it so I could create a new user at headoffice and it creates this new user at our smaller branch office?

Thanks again,

Daimian P Williams

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April 5, 2010 at 13:10:35
any possibility of answering my questions?

2008 supports readonly DCs

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April 9, 2010 at 22:19:52
Use one domain. Have a domain controller at each location. If you create a user at one of the locations, that change will replicate to the other servers automatically.

I don't see any reason to create multiple domains, it would just complicate things. Adding more domains does not increase speed. If you are having speed issues, it isn't because you don't have enough domains.

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