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Configuring Windows 2003 Server on two servrs

I am installing two Dell Servers, each at a different corporate office linked through a VPN Tunnel with T1s on each end.  Where can I find a configuration guideline on how to configure each server as far as domain controller and file server.  These are the two primary roles for each server.  Also, how do I install and configure the CAL on each user PC.  Which licensing mode is best:   Per server or  Per Device/User where users must have its own Client Access license.
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Frank McCourryV.P. Holland Computers, Inc.

Configuring servers over a VPN is no different than configuring them on the local network, with the exception that the link is somewhat slower and may be prone to some downtime.  For the downtime reason, I recommend having at leat one DC (Machine running Active Directory) at each location.  Configuring it as a file server is as simple as enabling share on the server, just be aware that shared resources over the VPN, in your caes running at 1.54mb is 1/100th (approx) the speed of your local network.  Do not plan on transfering large files in a hurry.

As for the client PC's, you do not instll CAL's on the PC's themselves, they are installed on the server.  Use the Licensing applet on the administration menu (or Control Panel > Administrative tools > Licensing) to record your licensing.  

Per device licensing is best used in environments where you have a set number of computers and multiple user per machine.

Per user licensing is best used in an environment wher you have a set number of users but the use multiple computing devices (Computers, Windows CE devices, smart phones etc...)


Good answer and fast.

I actually have both servers in my office to setup and then I am shipping one to the satellite office.

My users will travel back and forth between the two sites.  So do I need a CAL at each site for a user?  I only purchased one per person.

Just to be clear, I would like to reference a guide but can;t find one to walk you through the best configuration.  Is there a guide?  I want to have a domain control on each end so that, if the T1 is down, people can work independently.  So do I setup each server as a domain controller and enter all the same info into each server?

V.P. Holland Computers, Inc.
Active Directory will replicate accross the domain controllers, so you only need to set up one Active Directory, all changes replicate, though it can take a while for replication to complete over a T1.

It sounds like you are a candidate for User licensing.  Licensing should be handled by your home office server, the one you will be in control of.  the remote DC will check this server for licensing and cache this information.  If the T1 should go down , your users will be able to logon because the licensing info is cached.  You can run licensing on both servers, but it is not necessary.  To answer your question, you do not need additional licensing.  To be sure of your licensing needs, try this link: http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/mlahome.mspx

Here  is agreat resource for you: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/serverdeployment/default.aspx?wt.svl=leftnav.  I would also recommend picking up the Windows 2003 MCSE trqaing kit from Microsoft Press.  You don't have to use it to get the cert if you don't want to, it's just a great reference.

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