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SLOW VPN link...will another server help?

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We have a SBS2k3 domain at the main business office and a branch office that connects thru a VPN to the domain. Ever since it was installed (not by me), there is a tremendous delay when users at the branch office login and sometimes the shared resources are unreachable. My thought was to put a SBS machine at the branch office to handle local logins and to store a replication of the main office data for faster access. I am a bit new to the AD world.....I am more used to PDC/BDC relationships. From what I have read, there really isn't a strict PDC/BDC in AD so I am not sure how to make this work...or even if it will solve the problem.  Does it seem like it should fix the lag in the VPN to have the branch users login to a local server?  Any help would be much appreciated!
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by:Andres Perales
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One way to do this would be to increase the bandwidth between the two locations, not sure what you currently have between the two locations, but a bandwidth increase can help.
 
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Not sure if I can increase the bandwidth....we are a non-profit and the Internet is basically donated to us so it might be hard to ask for more bandwidth. I can do a speed test from both sites and see what kind of speeds we are getting......I just think (and hope) that a server at the other site will help....
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Andres Perales earned 500 total points
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If you really had to then, yes you could install a domain controller at your remote site, but it can not be another SBS server it would have to be a windows 2003 server not another sbs server.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc672103.aspx
 
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by:Fizzasist
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Thanks for the article....looks like it supports my idea of putting a server in the remote office to help things speed up a bit. Looks like I need to install a member server though and not another SBS server like I thought. I believe SBS is all we have......is there a way--during the install--to specify that it will be a member server or does SBS automatically setup as a PDC? I know previous versions would ask what kind of server you are wanting but I do not believe this one did during the install....I think it just came up as a PDC.
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BDC goes in tomorrow so we will see if it helps.....fingers crossed
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Thanks for the input....that article helped a great deal an things seem to have settled down at the remote office!  Have a great day!
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