Forced domain login?

Posted on 2005-03-07
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Last Modified: 2010-04-19
In a previous question:

I have three sites & a data center and would like to do roaming profiles.  I can replicate the the profile directories from the site servers to the data center server.  This will keep the data up to date.  But when a user logs in.  I would like them to us the share on the local server.  Is there a script to do this?


Which some great people answered for me, but in there a way to force a computer to log into a set domain controller?

Question by:mherrighty
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Expert Comment

ID: 13479326
have you configured sites in active directory, and associated subnets and domain controllers with those sites?  also you might want to configure preferred bridgeheads to ensure all directory traffic runs through those servers before being passed on.

Author Comment

ID: 13479364
Sites and subnets: YES

Not sure how to associate subnets to DCs


Not sure?

Don't know AD that well!


Expert Comment

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ok, so you have the sites created. thats the tough part.  what you do is go into active directory sites and services, expand "default first site name" then expand "servers" if you havent moved any DC's out of here, they should all be listed.  right click one of the servers, and select "move..."

select the site you wish to move the server to.  that server will then become the server that the local workstations look to for logging on.

as for a setting bridgeheads, after you move the servers to their associated sites, you can expand them one by one, and open the NTDS Settings to set them as the preferred bridgehead server.

if the servers are physically located in separate sites, making them global catalogs will also help you out.  the server will attempt to make authentication locally before going accross the wan for information.
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ID: 13480049
how do I make them global catalogs?

Accepted Solution

divi2323 earned 2000 total points
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Probably a 2nd question, but i'll answer it here.

Open AD sites and services.  expand the site where the Domain controller is currently moved to.

expand the server and you should see "ntds settings"... right click ntds settings and select "properties"  check the box that says "Global Catalog"

note: if you have a large active directory and/or slow links between sites, global catalogs might take a while to replicate, so this is best done off peak hours when bandwidth isnt in high utilization.

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You are the man/women!

Thanks a lot!

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