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I have three locations that are currently running two domains and a workgroup. I want to consolidate some of this by putting a 2007 Exchange Server in a Colocation and have all three sites access email via RPC over HTTP.

Then I want to setup VPN's to connect all three sites. My question is, if I put three "File" servers at all three sites, how can I set it up so that they all can authenticate with each other. I would like for all three sites to be able to login, even if one server is down. I also would like for them to share data so that if one server dies the other two have that data...if possible.

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Simon,

Even though I don't want to store any data in the Colo, I still need a Domain Controller in the Colo with the Exchange Server? Can I make the DC in the Colo the "primary" DC so that if one of the other locations internet does go down, this one shouldn't because of the redundancy of the Colo? If I have VPN's between the sites, do I have to use RPC over HTTP to get email to flow or can I pull email across the VPN without it? One other thing, I would be able to have all the domain controllers have the same domain name such as 123.local even though they will have different IP scheme's correct?

Any other suggestions or ideas I should think about with this scenario?
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