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I have a couple of questions I would a second opinion on regarding an NT to 2000 Migration scenario.
Currently have two NT domain environment with a 256K link between.
Admins only at local site 1 (us)
I have built and installed a clean/pristine 2000 environment with an empty root domain of ****.co.uk
I then have continued to use the two sub domain model (I know a single domain would have sufficed but the rest of the team wanted 2??) The question is, where do i place the main Exchagne 2003 server, in the root or the sub domain 1? either way I know another local server will need to be in palce at Sub domain2.
Also I would like to replace the proxy server with an ISA Enterprise Server, is this better off in the empty root or again in the local subdomain 1.
Root and subdomain one are i nthe same site both 2k and physically speaking. Sub domain 2 at the end of the 256 link.
Just a fwew pointers would be greatly appreciated.


I mean the Diagram looks like this at present I am primarily an NT4 guy and an exchange engineer but now I have the AD and the rest of the N/W environment to try and look after on top!!
                   outside world
               

                       root domain (empty at moment)



  sub domain 1                      sub domain 2
(Main Site, Exch Serv             (sister site Exchange serv local but same Exchange "site"/environment at xxx.co.uk: possible in NT exch 5.5)
ISA SErver for both sites        
with Websense filtering)    



OR Do we opt for the empty root domain and only one sub domain as below



              outside world


            Root Domain (empty)


             Sub Domain 1 (Exchange, ISA, but with two Windows 2000 AD "Sites" configured and an Exchange SErver in each site with all web traffic coming to the same Site 1 for out bound traffic)


Apologies for the terribl;e layout, I could e-mail the diagram to yourself if required.

Becoming quite desperate at the moment as I have so many projects on the go and thw workload is getting to be a problem.

Many Many thanks for your input so far, it is much appreciated.
Sorry, just to recap the options are:

1.empty root domain
  two seperate sub domains configured as two seperate sites

OR  

2. empty root domain
   one sub domain and two sites configured within it


I think the second option is easier from a management and admin point of view and also for trying to setup to exchange servers running the same @xxx.co.uk but not sure how that would work in 2003 Exch.

Thanks again    
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I think that option2 makes more sense...I guess I don't really see any benefit to having that additional domain in option1.

What was the idea behind that domain? Is there a purpose to it that I'm missing? If not, then I would say stick to option2...

(I wouldn't create a separate domain unless the bandwidth was REALLY constrained, or there was some management/busines reationale to having the two entities separated from each other (ie. from an admin, or security, or political or legal point of view...)
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