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How to test that AD Sites and Services is setup right

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Hi All,

I have just setup a new network and its a simple Win2k3 AD network with about 200 users all in one location. I have setup a site (within sites and services) as default-first-site-name and with the two domain controllers in it both as Global Catalogues and both replicating with each other.

But for some reason someone in the IT department emailed me today saying that they noticed that "sites and services" is not configured in AD. How can I confirm that it is setup and working.

Thank you.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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Sites and Services is not really needed in a single site with one subnet... I'd find out what the person is talking about - how they think it should be considered given your network.

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well sites and services are installed by default with every new domain installation and if the dc are replicating properly it should be working....and how can the person tell if sites and services are not installed when you are the one viewing the domain controllers?

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Hi All - Thanks for your help so far. The IT guy said that there are no Subnets defined, how and why would I have subnets defined in AD

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OK - I have found what he needs. He wants subnets defined in "AD Sites and Subnets" which I currently dont have.

I have a number of Vlans on my network, do I create a subnet for each one of them or do I create one for each vlan.

Also what would be the subnet mask be for this : 177.16.152.0/248

I promise this is the last set of questions before I close this questions. - Thanks again.

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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Sites and Services is defined so that if you have multiple servers in multiple locations, each location favors their local server.  Simply having multiple subnets - if they are all in the same physical LAN (ie not going over a WAN) - is not a valid reason, in my opinion, to spend the time and effort defining sites.  
"Also what would be the subnet mask be for this : 177.16.152.0/248"   -??????

If it was ment  - 177.16.152.0/24  , than subnet is 255.255.255.0, and range of availbale IP's-177.16.152.1-177.16.152.254, total set of 254 IP's  .

If it is was ment - 177.16.152.0  on 255.255.255.248 , than  range of availbale IP's-177.16.152.1-177.16.152.6, total set of 6 IP's
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leew is absolutely right.  Not crossing a WAN no need for AD SS
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