One SBS server - two offices

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by David Thielen, Jul 1, 2006.

  1. Hi;

    We have just opened a second office that is about 2 miles from the
    first (needed more space). So I have 7 peopel at the original office
    and will have 7 more at the new one.

    I want to run the new office off of the same domain server, exchange,
    etc. How can I do this? I figure my issues are:
    1) Verify domain logins at the new office.
    2) get to network shares from each office that are at the other
    3) Outlook connections from the new office to the exchange server at
    the old office.
    4) Anything else?

    thanks - dave

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    Windward Reports --
    me --
    David Thielen, Jul 1, 2006
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  2. An aspect you need to look at here is data use. One method establishes a VPN
    between the sites and this works well where the data being manipulated
    remotely is smaller files. If your users need constant access to large files
    (eg, flat file database contact management systems) pulling the data across
    a VPN is problematic at best and likely to cause corruption of the files.

    If each site is able to work on files on the local network, with only
    occassional use of 'remote' files then a server at each site to hold those
    'local' files works well.

    In the case where manipulation of large data files is common and
    particularly where both groups of users need this it is often more reliable
    to implement a Terminal Server at the same location as your SBS. Remote
    users come into the TS so file access is at 'local network' speed, only
    screen updates need to move between the sites. 25Kbps per user gives decent
    TS performance.

    Outlook 2003 can access Exchange 2003 via a new method (in comparison to
    earlier versions), RPC over HTTPS. This is particularly useful in remote
    office situations. Though there is an overhead due to the client-server
    traffic being encapsulated in RPC over HTTP it is designed for remote
    connectivity so often more reliable than 'native Exchange' connectivity
    through a VPN.

    When I next need to do this for someone I am seriously going to consider not
    having any user workstation (well, maybe just the remotes) in the SBS
    domain. Possibly using thin client computers to connect to the Terminal
    Server, possibly using XP Home even. Moving the operation completely to TS.
    SuperGumby [SBS MVP], Jul 1, 2006
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  3. Most files used are local so network traffic is minimal. So...

    How does a domain user login work at the remote site. Can it find the
    SBS server across the internet and valide the user's credentials? And
    do I need to open any ports in my firewall at the SBS end to let this

    Is there an easy way to have a VPN between the networks, or is it just
    machine by machine that they will VPN from the remote site to the SBS

    RPC ov HTTPS is a pain because each time you start Outlook, you have
    to enter your username & password. Any way around this?

    thanks - dave

    [email protected]
    Windward Reports --
    me --
    David Thielen, Jul 1, 2006
  4. put a router which supports PPTP VPN at the non-SBS end, terminating the VPN
    at the SBS. The two networks will be permanently joined.
    SuperGumby [SBS MVP], Jul 1, 2006
  5. Getting the PPTP VPN between the two sites means 2 new firewalls (the
    ones we have don't support it). Is there a way I can just open the
    necessary ports on the firewall to the site with the SBS server and
    then domain logins on machines at the remote site can be verified?

    thanks - dave

    [email protected]
    Windward Reports --
    me --
    David Thielen, Jul 3, 2006
  6. The router at the SBS end only needs VPN passthrough. Terminate the tunnel
    at SBS.

    You can stuff around with doing VPN from the workstations but the time you
    waste will easily cover the cost of a replacement device.

    SuperGumby [SBS MVP], Jul 3, 2006
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