Networking planning, MS Domains
Posted on 2004-09-02
A general question about network topology. My company currently has 2000 AD server running on our main campus with about 200 total clients, and maybe 10 other 2000 servers. We also have a variety of Netware file and app servers.
We are in the planning stages of bringing up a remote location. This location will in all likelyhood be connected back to the main campus using a leased T1 line, and will consist of around 10-15 workstations initially, though this could grow in the future. We will be responsible with providing service to this remote location, including internet access, file sharing, apps, email, support for workstations, the whole 9 yards.
My question is regarding how this remote location should be integrated into AD. Should I look at deploying a backup domain controller (or sub-domain?) local to the remote locations VLan, or is this overkill? Can we join all those workstations to our main domain directly over the T1, and expect performance to be acceptable, taking into account the traffic from all the other services?
If anyone has any links to Microsoft KB articles or "best practice" white papers related to this topic as well, I would very much appreciate the links.