Active Directory + replication + exchange 2003 + site-to-site VPN Tunnel Scenario
Posted on 2007-10-16
I need some advise to properly configure the proposed Active Directory Site:
CA Office (existing):
1x Windows 2003 Server as Domain Controller & DNS Server for fictiousCA.com domain
1x Windows 2003 Server with Exchange 2003 Server, Member Server
1x Windows 2003 Server with Citrix, Member Server
network = 20 users
Firewall = Cisco ASA 5505
Houston Office (Proposed):
4 users from CA moving to TX to expand operations
CA and TX offices will be connected via site-to-site VPN Connection
full access between both sites is preferred.
1x Windows 2003 server, Domain Controller & DNS server, part of fictiousCA.com domain
1x Windows 2003 server, Exchange 2003 Server
Both servers are installed on VMware ESX server as VMs.
1x Cisco PIX 501
i want to extend the existing fictiousCA.com domain to houston instead of creating another domain for houston and administer everything based on OUs.
also, i wanted the 4 users who are local to houston to also have their mailboxes reside on the same Exchange server in houston to limit traffic passing through the vpn tunnel. Therefore i'll have 1 Exchange server in CA that hosts 16 mailboxes and 1 exchange server in Houston that hosts 4 mailboxes.
* Now my question/concerns, is there a better way to configure this scenario?
*Regarding active directory, what is the preffered method to add/configure the additional DC for fictiousCA.com domain?
*Will the time difference from CA and TX effect replication or any other Active Directory functions between the 2 DCs?
*Lastly, what is the preffered method for AD replication, i.e. RPC, IP, SMTP>
Thanks for the help in advance!