MPLS and Terminal Services

Posted on 2007-10-17
Last Modified: 2013-11-21
We have an MPLS cloud with 3 sites.  The sites have the following IP ranges :

Site 1
Site 2
Site 3

Each site appears to have access to the internet through the MPLS cloud.

They are one Active Directory Domain and the DC's and file servers are currently located at Site 1.  The proposal is to place terminal servers in Site 2 and Site 3.

a. Do the Terminal Servers need to be part of the Domain and

b. Should we place Domain Controllers in Sites 2 and Site 3 ?

We also have exchange server at site 1  that users in site 2 and 3 will need to access.

Question by:tickleonthetum
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    Several questions:

    What is the link speed between the sites?

    How many users located at each site?

    How many users total?

    Where will file storage be handled for sites 2 and 3?

    I would make the TS server part on the domain so that you can write GPO objects against them to limit various settings. As for the exchange question, this really depends of the number of users.
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    >The proposal is to place terminal servers in Site 2 and Site 3.
    Why? What is the purpose of TS at those locations? Typically we would see terminal servers at Site 1 so that users in other sites don't have to use as much bandwidth to share applications.

    >We also have exchange server at site 1  that users in site 2 and 3 will need to access
    I would assume that this works today. Does it?

    >Should we place Domain Controllers in Sites 2 and Site 3
    Depends on the sizes of the sites and criticality. Typically we would see one DC at each site to handle dns/authentication if the WAN link is down. At a minimum I would suggest a secondary DNS server at each site.


    Author Comment

    redceltech - the speed of the link between sites is 6MB, the person doing this hasnt made any provision for a file server in sites 2 and 3.  Which I think is wrong I would have placed a DC and a file server in both locations.

    lrmoore - Site 1 will have a program that runs on a 2003 server that sites 2 and 3 need access to, I think the persons idea was that they would place TS's in site 2 and 3 the users in site 2 and 3 would logon to them and then that server will connect to the server at site 1 ?

    Author Comment

    Sorted this thanks for the advice.

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