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I am installing a completely new Active Directory infrastructure. New Servers, new PCs, nothing to upgrade from.
I have eight sites, each of which have a tail on BT's IPClear MPLS network. Three of the sites have a leased line tail running at 2Mb either way. The other sites have ADSL tails running at between 256Kb and 2Mb downstream depending on the size of the site, and 256Kb upstream each.
One of the 2Mb linked sites will host the main servers, i.e. the main domain controller, the mail server, etc. All the other sites will have a domain controller which will need to replicate wih the main site. Each site contains one subnet.
How should I configure the links in active directory sites and services? Anyone have any experience of this type of network?
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I don't have experience with your particular ISP, but the methods are identical.

You must establish a site link for each of your 8 locations. You mentioned you are putting in a domain controller for each site, that's good. Just make sure you establish a GC in every site.
If all the sites have an individual subnet, then your work is already half done. All you need to do is assign the subnets to the specific site in question.

You can follow the best practices here - http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/86417143-92b6-431b-8439-91f456e921dd1033.mspx?mfr=true

Step-by-step guide here - http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/technologies/activedirectory/stepbystep/adsrv.mspx

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