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Running DOmain across a VPN

I have recently configured a Domain in our office which is up and running no problems.  I am onot storing users profiles on the server, the only access that have it to a file share and their only personal storage folder.

We also have a 2nd office which is just running an XP PC as a file server (there are only 4 people working there).  There is a permanent VPN link between the sites and I wanted to know if I could add the users from the 2nd office to the Domain.  I presume that when they log in it will just authenticate to the Domain controller at the 1st site across the VPN.

Would there be any problems with doing this at all?  I just want a log in, map network drives and that's all.  Just wondered if anybody knew of any issues there might be with this.

Thanks for your help!
Microsoft Server OSWindows Server 2003

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For the number of users which you have at the remote site, you could safely add them to the domain. As ryansoto has said, the only part to look out for is that the ONLY DNS servers which these workstations are using are the DC(s) running DNS at the main site.

The only downside to adding them to the domain is that if something happens to go down, you will lose connectivity between the two sites and users will have to login with cached credentials.

Also, you would want to be careful of how you are storing files on the file server in the domain and on the XP server in the workgroup. If you use Folder Redirection for My Documents, then you may need a separate policy for the remote site so documents are stored on the XP machine instead.

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Sorry for delay.  Everything seems to be working ok!

Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2003

Windows Server 2003 was based on Windows XP and was released in four editions: Web, Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter. It also had derivative versions for clusters, storage and Microsoft’s Small Business Server. Important upgrades included integrating Internet Information Services (IIS), improvements to Active Directory (AD) and Group Policy (GP), and the migration to Automated System Recovery (ASR).

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