Need advice on Windows 2003 domain layout
Posted on 2005-03-24
Here is what I have..
2 offices in 2 locations connected with a WAN (point-to-point T1 lines that are wide open with no traffic control) and each office has its own LAN. Both offices share resources such as Internet and some applications like Instant messaging and other WAN bandwidth friendly applications.
Here is what I need...
I want to create a PDC domain controller in office #1 that runs DHCP, DNS and ADS for the whole company and applcaitions for office #1. I also want to create a domain child server in office #2 to host applications for office #2. I want to setup DFS to replaicte a shared files directory between office so that network shares are local but replicated.
Here is what I need advice on...
Is this setup the best way to handle the office structure as described? My current problem is traffic across the WAN. How can that be resolved? Also, would having a child controller in office 2 keep the users in office 2 from logging on using the PDC in office #1 and vice versa? I ask this because the last network I setup was just one domain with a server in each office and when the users logged on their computer would sometime use a server in another office across the WAN to login with. Not a good thing. Also, do I need to setup each office with its own subnet? (192.168.1.XXX and 192.168.0.XXX)? Or can I use the same subnet in both offices but just join the computers to their respective domain controllers?