Need Advice On Rolling Out A W2K Server on Point-to-Point Network
Posted on 2003-02-24
We have a point-to-point network from our central location to 5 remote locations. Each location has it's own set of network addresses. We have about 80 total clients spread fairly evenly across the 6 locations. We are planning to roll out a Windows 2000 Server with Exchange Server on it. We want to allow each user the ability to have access to a common drive area as well as have a personal drive area on the server. We have no existing file servers of any kind at this time and the only other server we have is a Linux email server - so there is no existing PDC.
Here is what I need to know.
1) How do I setup the PDC to work across my existing LAN/WAN? The PCs at all remote locations can ping into the central location with no problems and the central location can ping out to the remote PCs with no problems. Do I have to run DHCP? Right now all IPs are static and I would prefer to stay static. I know I'll have to setup Active Directory (or at least think I should). Can the remote PCs login to the central PDC by using the IP address only?
2) If you think I need to know something that I have not mentioned here - please let me know!!!
I have setup a PDC on a LAN before, so I know the basics of doing that and I am not looking for specific advice on how to accomplish that. What I am looking for here is the BEST way to set this up across a WAN. I am just in the planning stage now and looking for "gotchas" before they happen.
One last thing (and I don't think this will matter) - I have full T1 connections to each of my remote locations - so there is plenty of bandwidth.
Thank you in advance for any help or advice.