Replication of Domain?

Microsoft Windows server 2008 enterprise
June 24, 2010 at 21:48:47
Specs: Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, 4.8GHZ/4GB
Hey All...

I am wondering if this is possable.

Basically I am performing a full format of our server's and client workstations etc.

I need to know if I could set a domain (called WORK) at our headoffice and then set up another server at our local store, using the same details.

At the moment, users are logging in via VPN and its rather slow. So setting up some sort of replication?

Could you please explain software / process to achive this.

Many thanks,

Daimian P Williams

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June 25, 2010 at 06:41:37
Your post is rather vague on some important points but it appears that you wish to create another domain controller at a different site. This may or may not be the best solution. There are some complex issues involved.

It would help a great deal if you could clearly describe your situation and the problems you are facing.

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June 25, 2010 at 07:09:28
Thanks for your reply.

OK, I am a slight novice at this, but have managed to pick things up fairly quickly :D

We have two offices with one server. Lets say office 1, it has a active directory, domain, DNS, file sharing etc. All users based at office 1 log in using there username and password stored on the server.

Now at our second office users are using VPN to log onto the server and it rather slow. They need access to shared files, folders the intranet.

Now our company is going for a complete refurb from 5th July and I would like to format the servers.

My aim is to be able to create a server with domain controller, AD etc at office 1 and have another server at office two "replicating" this data.

If possable this would be a prefered set up as I assume replicating data would mean if i changed a user password from office 1 it would change it at the office two location etc.

Thanks Again,


Daimian P Williams

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June 25, 2010 at 08:06:52
Active Directory redesign.

You would bring up the 2nd server as a DC in the existing forest/domain.

You would redesign your AD tree to look something like this:

.....OU- Main office
.........OU- accounting
.........OU- HR
---------etc or if small just use groups instead of OU's
.....OU- 2nd office
.....add OU's as you add offices

Users and computers would go into each OU

You would add 2nd office to Sites and Services in AD
You would enable the global catalog on DC2

This would allow users to logon and password changes will follow them no matter what site they logon from.

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June 25, 2010 at 08:22:24
Many Thanks...

That does make sense.

How would I create the "connection" in AD sites and services. Would I need the server locally next to me then create the "connection" it or would I need to do it remotly?

I tried something like this before and failed badly...

Thanks so Much for your help.


Daimian P Williams

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June 25, 2010 at 13:45:32
It would not matter which site the server is at. Active Directory is AD at both.

Normally you would configure the new server on site at #1. Then when you are about to move it change its ip address to the new sites ip and down the server. Next you would update the site1 servers dns host/ptr records for the dc going to site2. Then when on site2 it should come up and dns will replicated from site1 updating the server entry.

Both servers should be running dns server.

you go into sites and services and right mouse click and select subnet. Call this site2 and set the ip subnet for that location [which has to be different than all other sites]
do this before you move it.

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June 25, 2010 at 14:09:22
Ok. Starting to become clearer now.

Just two more things..

Group Policies - Would they replicate too?

Connection - How do the two servers "communicate"?

Many thanks for your help and patence.


Daimian P Williams

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