One domain over a WAN? Or three?
Posted on 1999-06-24
Our company has three offices; one main office with an NT 4.0 PDC and 6 Win98 machines, and two branches each with NT 4.0 PDCs and three Win98 machines. We would like all three offices to be able to see each other over an ISDN WAN (I have plans to move to DSL by the end of the summer). We occasionally share large files (6-8 MB), but mostly it will be used to share smaller files (typical MS Office stuff).
We've just installed NT servers in the two branch offices in the past month, and I set them up as PDCS with the same domain name. A consultant in the most distant branch office wants me to set up DHCP and trust relationships between the three servers, and I'm assuming three different domains. We use Netopia ISDN routers to handle DHCP duties right now, so I'm not sure I understand why they can't continue to do that.
Among my many questions is this: Is this the best way to go about this? When I installed the other two PDCs in the branch offices, I gave them the same domain name. I'm taking one of the MCSE courses right now, and last night had a brainstorm that I could make our main office server the PDC, and the other branch offices BDCs. We don't add users or anything that often, so I could do the synchronization manually for a while until we get the faster DSL connection up.
The consultant hasn't been very good about returning phone calls (I know, a bad sign), so this is the next best place I can go to get some feedback on this. Many thanks.