Posted on 2005-05-06
Last Modified: 2010-04-19
Have the following network, Win2003 AD DNS DHCP, single forest, single domain. Total users is 100. IT admin done at main office only. Main office - 70 users, with servers. Eight branch offices - 30 users with no servers. All offices linked together via dsl VPN. Main office users separated into departments, each dept has network printers via print server. Branch office users print to respective local office network printers, one per office. Back-up of all users data will be performed on server at main office. Main office users require login script and/or policy to add network printers from respective dept’s, update antivirus definitions, create home/network drive(or redirection). Branch office users will add printer locally and receive local updates for virus definition from internet with only network login requirement(for now) for mapping home drive, or redirection purposes. Although not set in stone, so far I only created OU’s by departments and office locations and added user accounts to respective dept and office OUs:

Main Office

Branch Offices

I would like detailed help or direction in creating and/or applying OUs, groups, group policies and/or delegations for this network. I don’t think our AD structue is that complicated however, as this is my first time, I would like to have it done correctly. Also, what login script language should be used ? Please advise if more information is needed. Thx.
Question by:mmm5
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    Accepted Solution

    Well since you have no servers at the remotes, you cant setup sites

    You can make OUs though

    I usualy make a OU tree like this


             Site 1
              Site 2
             Site 1
              Site 2


    I like to list by states, just so i can see where everyone is located. But you could also jsut do "FL - Miami Plant"

    Apply printers in the department OUs
    And file shares in the Site OU, unless you dont want all the users having the same files


    that should get you going

    Author Comment

    I appreciate above suggestion, but I need step-by-step help specific to my network as described. Should I add More OUs, create group containers and/or apply new GPO other than the default Domain Policy. Do I edit default Domain Policy ? Should I use scripts to map shares and or Home drives - What about folder redirection and or using Offline Files/Client side cacheing. Basically how to get this simple network up and started. Thx.

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