Connecting Remote Office To Head Office

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Carel, Oct 27, 2004.

  1. Carel

    Carel Guest

    Our company is expanding. We have serveral locations. Our current
    infrastructure depends on SBS 2003 Premium Edition. We need to connect our
    remote offices to our head office.

    Right now all machines located at remote locations connect to our head
    office using the Connection Manager application. With more than one machine
    doing this in one remote office, this strains there Broadband connection.

    How do we provide always on connectivity to our SBS server to those in
    remote locations?

    My current idea is to have a Windows 2003 Standard Edition Server in each
    location acting as a DC and connect it to our SBS server via VPN or RAS. Are
    my assumptions right? If so how do I go about doing this?

    Thanks for your help.
     
    Carel, Oct 27, 2004
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  2. Marina Roos [SBS-MVP], Oct 27, 2004
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  3. Hi Carel!

    The answer to this question really depends on how many users you have on
    each site and what do you need to share among the sites. Most likely I would
    recommend a Win2k3Std box as a DC on each remote location + a hardware VPN.
    Then arrange each site on its own AD site so authentication traffic doesn't
    travel over the VPN. You also need to revise your logon scripts, AV, etc. so
    they don't travel either. It is not terribly complicated, but not very
    simple either.
     
    Javier Gomez [SBS MVP], Oct 27, 2004
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  4. Carel

    Andy H Guest

    Carel

    We have implemented a VPN site to site solution as you describe with DC's in
    2 other offices. It works perfectly - even have companyweb accessible over
    the VPN.

    Andy
     
    Andy H, Oct 27, 2004
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