Branch Offices - URGENT!!

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by briteeyez, Dec 31, 2004.

  1. briteeyez

    briteeyez Guest

    Hi Everyone

    Present Setup
    I have just configured my network into a single Active Directory Domain 2003
    structure. I have completed all the major work at the Headquarters, however
    I now have to migrate the satellite offices. Services installed are as
    follows: DHCP, DNS. The network is a native Windows 2003 server environment
    running a native Exchange 2003 server.

    One office has approx. 10 users. This office has a DC, which is also a GC
    and an Exchange server located there. The other offices spread across
    Canada only have 1 user located at each site and hence no DC is located at
    these sites. Each user is running a T1 internet connection.

    I would like to implement a VPN for these one person offices. I was reading
    up on RAS, is this a problematic VPN server. What is the best practice in
    setting up this server. How would users be allocated an IP address from the
    headquarters DHCP server. Would there computers need to be added to the
    main AD database. What is the best method to do this seeing their are not
    on site.

    How can I accomodate for when these users are on the road and don't need to
    connect to the main network. Do they log into their local machines then.
    Do they lose their profiles.

    Please help. Any help is greatly appreciated.

    briteeyez, Dec 31, 2004
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  2. as I see the problem now ... the best way is to keep the remote computers as
    standalone computers connecting to headquarters using a VPN clinet for
    accessing resources as files or email.
    A better solution is to buy for each remote location a hardware router that
    will make a VPN connection to the central office (terminating the VPN to a
    hardware router or a RRAS or ISA server)... and in this way you will be able
    to join those computers to domain. If they are joined to the domain and they
    are on the road without network connection there will be no problem as they
    will log on using cached credentials.

    Happy New Year!
    Andrei Ungureanu, Jan 1, 2005
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