Active Directory Infrastructure
Posted on 2004-11-13
I am designing (first time) an Active Directory infrastructure solution. I am trying to keep it simple. 1 server (forest), 1 OU, Home directories, My documents + desktop redirection...
My environ is as follows:
All users are mobile users (about 20) (they all have win xp Gateway laptops). All the laptops have internal wi-fi cards... about 60% of the users do not connect to Ethernet as wireless access points work well in their location. My BIG concern is connectivity issues once I deploy AD on the work. If the connection drops, what will happen? when the computer boots up and it can't find an AP and connect or signal weak... what will happen.
my question is: How do I deal with this problem? what are the implications of deploying AD on an environment that is not stable.... I am simply trying to anticipate problems.
I am, however, thinking about connecting everyone to ethernet... but what if the users unplugs the laptop and goes to a meeting offsite. Once offsite the user will not be able to connect to the AD domain? Will the user have to login to the local account... but how are the files in My Documents and Desktop in the local account copied to the domain account once the user logs back on the following morning.
my question #2: What is the best practice/solution to implement AD for mobile users?
Question #3: Can I have users login to a domain over the internet? and not locally? without an established WAN?
please provide some insight... I need this implementation to work well.