Two Offices

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Jason, Nov 1, 2004.

  1. Jason

    Jason Guest

    I am a newbie in relation to servers and have a question regarding setting up
    two offices.

    In the past, we had the two offices on a basic peer-peer network without
    communication between the two. I have setup SBS 2003 in one office and now
    host email ect. which works perfectly.

    I now want to setup the other office so that they can connect to the files
    ect on from the other location and vise versa.

    Both offices have around 8 client computers.

    What is the best way to manage this? Should I setup a separate server in
    the second office?

    Thanks in advance
    Jason, Nov 1, 2004
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  2. A VPN site link between two routers/firewalls might work for you, and I'd
    probably stick another DC/DNS/GC/WINS server in their office. Doesn't have
    to be great hardware, even. With such a small number of users that should be
    fine, presuming they aren't accessing enormous files & choking the
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Nov 1, 2004
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  3. Marina Roos [SBS-MVP], Nov 1, 2004
  4. If the two offices use/create/work with the same types of files, centralized
    storage and administration may be your best bet if you you have a dependable
    broadband connection between the two offices. You can bring all
    files/folders/apps back to the main office and install a Terminal Server in
    there next to the SBS server that can be accessed via a VPN (or RWW in the
    case of SBS 2003). This will allow your remote users to access the SBS
    server files and apps while allowing you a single point of administration
    (backups, antivirus definition roll out, etc.). All data files created by
    the users should be saved to their User folders or shared folders on the SBS
    server for centralized nightly backups. The downside of this is that your
    remote users will rely soley on the broadband connection. Any hiccup in the
    connection and your remote users may not be able to get much work done.
    Merv Porter [SBS-MVP], Nov 1, 2004
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