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Site support within an SBS 2003 envrionment

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I have a box running Windows Server 2003 SBS in one company location. We have another location offsite where I would like to setup another server, running 2003 Standard. It might also be running 2003 Standard SR2, if that makes any difference.

Now what I would like to do is setup the 2003 Standard server as a domain controller in the SBS domain. I know that it can't hold any of the FSMO roles and all the other limitations that come with SBS. But the only thing I haven't been able to find clarification on is if SBS supports Active Directory Sites or not. In a pure Standard Server envrionment, I know I could use sites to make sure the users in the remote office authenticate against their local server. But like I said, I haven't been able to find anything that says if SBS will do this or not.

Anyone know for sure if it'll work or not?

Thanks in advance.
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by:Zadkin
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There is a MS document about SBS combined with other servers.

Running Multiple Servers in a Windows Small Business Server Environment
http://download.microsoft.com/download/0/5/a/05a9a60c-9bb8-4d53-a657-3d96e8a54ba1/SBSMultsrv.doc

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by:pcd8023
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Thanks for the document Zadkin. I saw a blurb in the document, pasted below.

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Domain controller at remote offices. Remote offices might already have a domain controller running. This helps reduce authentication time and it provides security services, but if it is part of its own domain you probably need to demote the server, join it to the Windows SBS domain, and then promote it to domain-controller (DC) status
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Reading this, it looks like it will do what I need with regards to AD Sites, but it doesn't say for sure. From my experience with AD Sites, unless you actually configure multiple sites within the Active Directory Sites and Services MMC tool, there is no way to guarantee that remote users would contact their domain controller first. This is what I'm looking for. Either a document/link or someone who has implemented this and seen it work.
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Can be done by defining a subnet, the preferred DC for the site is the DC with an IP address in the same subnet.
This needs makes the configuration of the SBS DHCP server more complex as each workstation needs to be assigned to the second subnet, or use static adresses, or ...

Is mentionned  http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Q_20922360.html or http://www.mcse.ms/message2222577.html
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by:pcd8023
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Sounds good Zadkin. Thanks for the info.
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