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Global Catalog on every site?

Posted on 2004-08-11
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We have 12 Domain controllers at 12 different physical seperated locations connected via ADSL speed line. Is it best practices to have a GC at each location?   Inside sites and servers AD they are all part of the same default site.

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Dean
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Hi

Hopefully some useful links here:
Normally each dc on each site would be a global catalog server. We have three sites - same domain connected by 512 dsl - dc/global catalog server on each site, but they are defined as separate sites in ad sites and services, and are on separate subnets. It basically simplifies replication across the domain, and ensures that local clients authenticat to their local dc - minimising excessive network traffic,

Step-by-Step Guide to Active Directory Sites and Services
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/planning/activedirectory/adsites.asp
Active Directory Branch Office Planning Guide
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/planning/activedirectory/branchoffice/default.asp

Deb :))
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If there are different physical location is better to declare every location as a site. These will allow you do reduce the traffic in working time assigning the replication to occur atfer working hours. And it's better to have a gc in very site.
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If there are different physical location is better to declare every location as a site. These will allow you do reduce the traffic in working time assigning the replication to occur atfer working hours. And it's better to have a gc in very site.
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