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Domain structure question for Windows 2000; second server

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I have one Win2000 server set up as a DC, and I am adding a second W2K server to the network. We are a small company with about 50 pc users. This second server is in the same town and will have about 3-6 users connected, just at a  different building. The two servers are connected via DSL line. I am not clear on how to structure server#2; should it be set up as a child domain, domain tree or forest. I feel that all administration will be done centrally at the DC. Please help clear the fog.
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One main reason for separate domains is policies, especially password policies.  Since administration is also done at the corporate office, I would set the second server up with AD and DNS, with only 1 domain for both sites.  This way, the users will have fast logons because they wont have to go across the wan for authentication or dns, and the corporate site will maintain the admin rights and roles.  Set up 2 sites using the same domain.
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In the AD setup on the second server will I be setting up a child domain?
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No, I would recommend an additional domain controller for an existing domain.  I think its the first page in the dcpromo wizard.  I would do this based on my first post for reasons to/not to have a separate domain.  If you do need different policies, or want a separate domain, then, yes, I would then go for the child domain.  But I think that with only 3-6 users you are far better off with just an additional dc.
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I don't believe that I want a seperate domain. I would like to be able to administer accounts from either server.
All users need access to either machine (according to the permissions asigned). I'm I still on track with the DC, I didn't realize you could have more than 1 DC. Must continue this learning process little grasshopper.
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What Am I missing? None of my pre-windows 2000 boxes can access the new server? I get computer or sharename could not be found. It shows in Explorer and Network neighborhood, but can't get to it?
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Are the pc's joined to the domain?  Are these pc's at the main or remote site?
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I have a DHCP server that runs our email, it was assigning an IP address to the new server. I was manually assiging another one. Once I changed the IP address to what the DHCP server assigned, all my clients could see the new server now?
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You probably had an incorrect dns entry when you statically assigned one, and the server updates its entry in dns automatically when dhcp assigns one.  I would exclude that ip in the dhcp scope (or add a reservation) to prevent that ip from being used
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