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Replicate user info, OU's and shared folders

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I have a new PDC active directory server setup named us.abc This server will stay in Phoenix. I have also setup a server named ntl.abc. This server will goto Amsterdam. My us.abc server will always be the primary machine. What I need to happen is any user accounts, OU's or shared folders need to replicate to ntl.abc from us.abc. Can someone please assist in step by step asap.  This is worth a gazillion points :-)
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Bradley Fox

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Actually, it was not fully planned out. I had less than 3 days to get these ready and this is the first time I have ever done this. So, here's my next question. My main server here in Phoenix is already up and running in production and I have users logging into it already (about 30 or so). We are using linux for our DNS server. When I tried to setuo they way you described above, I kept getting "cannot find domain named us.abc when trying to make my NTL server a child domain. I am sure it is a DNS issue but I cant get my network guy to resolve the issue by tomorrow afternoon. I even added updates in host and lmhost file.

Anyway, what would be the major issues with setting up to totally diffrent AD domains. They would both be PDC's. One stays here in PHoenix called us.abc and the other goes to Amsterdam as a PDC named NTL.ABC. Can't I make this work with giving 2 way trusts between the two sites ? They will be on the same network via VPN. Please let me know...with some sort of good news...I cant tear down at this point :-(

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Need some step-by-steps if at all possible. I will double the points and owe someone some lunch for this one :-)  

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Some other tasks that will need to be done:

1. Setup aging and scaveging of old records on your DNS servers
2. Create Reverse Lookup Zones in DNS
3. Setup Costing on your Site Links (if you only have 2 sites with 1 link this will not be necessary)
3a. Setup Site Links for anywhere there is a WAN link. For example: if you have sites A, P, and NY only create Site Links (site links have 2 sites in them) where the sites are directly connected to each other with a WAN link without going through another site.
3b. If you have more than 2 sites create a "Site Link Bridge" in sites and services under IP and add all site links to it.
4. After 24 hours look in Sites and Services Drill down into a site/servers folder/servername/ntds settings and make sure there is an automagically generated connection there (this is your replication)
5. Setup Dynamic Updates on your DHCP server (if using DHCP and I recoomend using it)
6. Run DCDiag.exe on all domain controllers after 48 hours to verify everything is running smoothly (has to be installed from the support folder on the WinBlows CD)
7. Create all of your Users and join all computers to the domain.
8. Setup DNS forwarders on both DNS severs to point at the Local ISP's dns servers (e.g. phoenix has forwarders to phoenix's ISP DNS and Amsterdam points at Amsterdam's local ISP's DNS)
9.
Your help has saved me hundreds of hours of internet surfing.
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