Adding a Server - easy 500 points....

Posted on 2006-05-30
Last Modified: 2010-04-19
Hi experts,

Easy 500 points this one I'm sure.

I've got a win2003 sbs supporting 2 offices, which are joined by a 256kb vpn.  It's the premium version and I'm using both SQL and exchange on it.  I want to add a server to the office that doesn't have one, but am uncertain whether I should be buying another sbs machine, or just a win 2003 server.  

Things I'd like:

All users to authenticate to their nearest box.
Each user to have a home drive and group area at their main work location.

I am also near the limit of my sbs exchange database sizes (although I'm sure some house keeping would sort that out, so not essential)

What's the best practice to add a second server?

Many thanks,

Question by:pjordanna
    LVL 95

    Accepted Solution

    Good thing you asked first - a domain can only have ONE SBS server, so you need to get a copy of 2003 standard.  Exchange can handle things for everyone (did you apply Service Pack 2 for Exchange?  With a reg hack, that will allow information stores up to 75GB - without the hack you're limited to 16 GB).

    As for guiding authentication, once you have the server setup (you CAN make it a domain controller, but the SBS system MUST be the FSMO master for all roles in the domain), you can setup sites and services and systems should then authenticate first to the DC in their site.

    Assisted Solution

    Adding to leew - with win2k3 server at the other locations you can also use Terminal Server then which may/may not be handy in your case (need extra licensing tho..) for the users at the other offices to get access to that office's data.

    Re the home drive and group area - My Docs redirection could be done via a GP limited to the office users; re group area - is this something SharePoint related? I'll have to bow out on that one :)
    LVL 74

    Assisted Solution

    by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
    There's a good paper on this subject here:


    Author Comment

    wow am i glad i asked first - thanks guys - sorry to keep you waiting for the points

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