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Posted on 2004-04-23
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I have a Windows 2000 Domain with four locations in 3 states all connected via 256K or better. A domain controller in each location and one AD Site. The problem is that most of my clients when logging on are hitting the DC at one of the other locations in stead of the one sitting on the same subnet. (in some cases the same room!)  I can't seem to find out how to or why this happening or IF it is indeed a problem.
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by:JammyPak
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just to clarify - have you defined 3 separate sites in AD?
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by:corneliup
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Create a global catalog on each site.
Open Active Directory Sites and Services, right click on NTDS settings for each server, properties > check global catalog.
This should stop your users logging on the firs DC of your domain, witch is the global catalog
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by:mike63
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I have only one Site configured (Default First Site Name)
I thought about the Global Catalog issue and did create one at each location, still no change.
The logon does not always hit the same DC.
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by:JammyPak
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you need to define an AD site for each real 'site'. then you assign an ip subnet to the site, and put the DC in the site - this way a user will always try to login from their own site
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by:mike63
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I thought Sites were to define slow links?
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sites are to break you domain into separate physical segments.

'slow' links would be defined as anything slower that LAN speed (256k definitely qualifies!)
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