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We are opening up a new office in another country.
I currently run Server 2003 with Exchange 2003.
How do i design the infrastructure to support the office? A server in the new office, but how should Exchange be configured? And what about distributed fileshares?
I will setup a VPN site2site tunnel between the two offices, and in the new office there will be around 10 people to start with.

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With 10 people I would not consider an extra exchange server.

Couldn't you use the VPN link to use Outlook communication over it? Don't complicate the situation.

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Outlook over VPN is not very stable as Outlook might disconnect regularly.
My suggests are either RPC over HTTP - http://www.amset.info/exchange/rpc-http.asp
or simply get remote user to use OWA.
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Ormerodrutter,

I agree with your solutions. However, you can user Outlook in cached mode.

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Using Outlook in cache mode is great IF your exchange server seems to go down regularly. I have a similar setup in my company with site-site VPN tunnels but still Outlook seems to disconnect all the time.
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Really I would say you have two options.

For 10 users, there seems little point in installing Exchange in your new office. You could quite easily configure Outlook to connect to the Exchange Server over the VPN or by RPC over HTTPS.

However, have you considered using Citrix in the main site for users to run Outlook? It seems very stable with Outlook running and it works in the same way as Terminal Services; users remote into Citrix and then the only data travelling back across the VPN is the graphical changes, not the whole of the email. Also, since the Citrix server would be on the same LAN as your Exchange server, it would get a LAN-speed link in Outlook, which, of course, you could not achieve over the VPN.

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OWA would be the easiest and quickest to configure. You can use integrated windows authentication and IE will open right to their mailbox. If you chose to use the Outlook client RPC over HTTPS would be my second choice.
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You got a point there guys. I probably was shooting over the target here.

ormerodrutter; would you say that RPCoHTTP works better over VPN than without RPCoHTTP?
If yes; this could be done with forcing it in the proxy-settings of the client.

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If your users only wants Outlook then yes RPC over HTTPs is better and more reliable. However VPN let users to work with files on the server too so it has its benefit.
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