Site Bridges

when you have 2 site links A-To-B and B-To-C
Then you create a site bridge between them. would this make the traffic from A go straight to C without going through B?

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bluntTonyConnect With a Mentor Commented:
As long as you don't manually connfigure any site link bridges, then all site links are transitive, that is, C and A are linked transitively through the two links in between.
If you manually configure any site link bridges then the KCC will not create the transitive bridges.
So really, in this example you don't actually need to create a bridge. Check the properties of the 'IP' container in AD Sites and Services. If 'Bridge all site links' is ticked, then your good. If not, either tick it, or bridge the links.
Raj-GTConnect With a Mentor Systems EngineerCommented:
It depends on the cost you assign to the new link. The KCC process will use the least cost route to connect the sites. If the new link A-To-C costs 50 and the links A-To-B and B-To-C cots 10 each, AD will use the second route because is costs 20.

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jskfanAuthor Commented:
I see "Bridge all site links" ticked.
but there is a manual bridge created.
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If you've just got the three sites, and 'Bridge all site links' is ticked, then you don't need to create a site link bridge. You can remove this one and the three sites will still be linked transitively. It must have been manually created.
This way, if you add more sites, the KCC will handle the site link bridging.
jskfanAuthor Commented:
actually, on the site bridge that is created manuall, I don't see anything under the cost and replication interval. is this normal?
Yes, this is normal. The cost and replication interval is defined by the site links.
The bridge is basically just saying 'these two links are bridged' i.e. connected, creating a transitive link between the three sites.
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