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I have a client with one location running SBS 2008 premium at their main site.  Currently there is one other site connected by a VPN with a DC. I am adding another site with a VPN connection and I am installing a DC there also.
Question 1) Are there any limits on DC in SBS 2008
Question 2) Would it be best to install Active Directory on the server at the main site and then ship it to the remote location or should I just add AD at the remote location? I have seen problems with SBS networks when a domain controller is not accessible, therefore I would think it is best to install it at the remote location.
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by:mickeyfan
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It is by far best to install AD locally and then ship it. The SBS server has to be the GC no matter what.
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To answer your questions directly,

>> Are there any limits on DC in SBS 2008

No limits whatsoever. You can install as many servers into an SBS domain as you wish, and make them DCs/GCs/DNS Servers, PROVIDED they are Server 2003/2008 Standard/Enterprise Servers. You CANNOT install more than one SBS into any domain at a time.

>> Would it be best to install Active Directory on the server at the main site and then ship it to the remote location or should I just add AD at the remote location? I have seen problems with SBS networks when a domain controller is not accessible, therefore I would think it is best to install it at the remote location.

It doesn't matter either way. If you install at the remote site, simply verify connectivity is available to the rest of the network beforehand by way of a box-to-box VPN, and also verify all the appropriate ports are opened through the VPN tunnel: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb727063.aspx.

-Matt
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by:ajdratch
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I'd prefer to install AD locally and then ship it. I will make it a GC. I have just had problems with SBS networks when a DC in not accessible, it seems nothing works right. I'd hate to have problems for the one week when the server is being shipped.
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You are correct; you may have issues if you promote the DC locally while it is disconnected from the network and being shipped. This is purely because the DC will register as a DC in Active Directory and machines will think it is present and working as a DC, when it will in fact not be contactable.

Either way, though, it doesn't really matter where you install Active Directory. The point is that you can do it either way - and there won't be any breach of the SBS EULA presuming it is Standard/Enterprise Edition of Server 2003/2008 which you installed.

-Matt
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