We have 22 windows 2000 domain controllers in total part of single active directory domain.
Five of them are based in the head office and has operational master roles and global catalog. Remaining servers are in the remote branch offices. Each remote branch office has 1 domain controller part of the same domain and its own AD site and configured as global catalog.
We have recently built a hosting center in new remote site, and i want to install 2003 domain controller in hosting center. Now I understand i have to run adprep /forestprep and /domainprep before i install 2003 domain controller. But what is the proper way install domain controller in the remote site. Should i install 2003 domain controller first here in head office where i am at themoment and then ship the server in the hosting center and change IP addresses as there will be a different subnet in hosting center and i may have to built seperate AD site. Or can i install remotely domain controller but then there will be a replication traffic as well.
What is the proper way installing 2003 domain controller in the remote site and in the existing 2000 envoirnment. OR should i install 2000 additional domain controller in the hosting center and should i forget about 2003.
please tell me the detail and correct way of installing. Should i be installing as additional domain controller and also tell me about the roles. Should i then transfer few of the domain roles to hosting center domain controller as well?
Thanks in Advance