Client to Domain Controller communication through a firewall

Hello,

we have a single active directory domain set up, but some of our clients wil need to communicate with a domain controller that is behind a firewall. I have been reading through the firewall article written by Steve Riley of Microsoft but it is focused purely on DC to DC communication over a firewall. He outlines various options and all the ports that would need to be opened.

Since client to DC communication is less involved, i want to know which of the ports I need to have opened. In particular I want to know if the RPC dynamic assigment is required in this scenario. Are there any other articles other than the one by Steve that summaries what ports are needed in client to DC communications, when a firewall needs to be crossed.

Please advise.

Simon
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TooKoolKrisConnect With a Mentor Commented:
RPC Dynamic assignment normally takes place with the ports starting right over the well known i.e. 1025, 1026, 1027 ect.. You may want to leave a few of these open for those. You might have a hard time trying to find any specific articles about what ports need to be left open due to DC communications with other DC's. I would offer the suggestion of getting a port scanner; you can get one for free here - http://www.webattack.com/get/superscan.shtml

Setup your servers as normal and every so often scan the servers for open ports. You would want to do it during anytime the servers are running communications between each other, i.e. zone info, replication, ect..

This isn't the easiest solution obviously but you will learn a lot about what goes on between the servers from a network and transport layer level.

Hope this helps,

TooKoolKris
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