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Hopefully a basic question.

I have two of these devices connecting two Windows 2003 Server "Sites" across a  WAN PPTP-VPN tunnel.

There is a page in the configs where I am to configure the Domain name, and the prefered, and secondary DNS server IP addr's.

Is this information supposed to point to my ISP's DNS servers, or MY DNS servers inside my LAN.

The instructions tell you how to configure it, but not a "Best Practice" review on what the numbers should be.

Thanks
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I have 10 Riverbeds.

Point the DNS to your internal DNS.  You can also join the Riverbeds to the domain - which will allow you to enable SMB signing on the CIFS page.  This will optimize your domain controller traffic.

Let me know if you have any other questions about the product.  These things are great.
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Here is how to make the Riverbeds domain members:

1. Steelhead time must be sync'd with domain time, using NTP. The time on the domain must be within just a few seconds of the time on the Steelhead.

2. Steelhead time should be in the correct timezone, eg. Europe/London

3. The Steelhead hostname should be less than 15 characters.

4. There must be an A record present in AD DNS for the primary interface of the Steelhead (which itself must, of course, be connected to the LAN).

5. You must use a domain account and password with privileges to create a computer account (DOMAIN\Username)

6. Verify that the Steelhead does not currently exist in the 'Computers' container in AD as this may cause a failure to join the domain.

7. You must configure an AD DNS server for the Steelhead to perform lookups against (Configure -> Networking -> Host Settings. Primary DNS Server IP Address)

8. You must configure the AD domain suffix in the DNS settings on the Steelhead (Configure -> Networking -> Host Settings. DNS Domain List) eg. domain.riverbed.com. You can find this out by issuing 'set' at the command prompt of any member computer or server logged in as a domain user.
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Kewl...
Are there any guidelines on joining them to the Domain?
I have one Internal IP for the Primary, and one for the Interface LAN/WAN. Do I Join both to the Domain as seperate devices?
And I have read in the "Criptic Instructions" about this SMB Signing, and potential problems with communications between servers and clients. Are there settings here that I need to be aware of to prevent these problems?
Thanks in advance!
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If you are on RiOS 6 (which I recommend), simply follow the steps above to join the machine to the domain.  It will only create one domain account , but two DNS entries.  Just like a server that has two NICs.

After it is in the domain, check the SMB signing box on the CIFS page.  Leave it at the default settings and everything should work great.
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The SMB mode is "transparent" mode.
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Sorry...
RiOS 6...?
I am assuming this is a software version, or a Firmware version.
I am afraid that I inhereted these devices when we bought this company, so I have no maintenance contract from which to get software updates.
According to the screen I am looking at, I have Model 200, Version 2.1.10, with Licenses for "CIFS/MAPI/MS-SQL".
Thanks again!
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That is a really old version of the Riverbed OS.  Really old.

I suggest that you buy support for those boxes and upgrade the firmware.  It is totally worth it and your users will benefit from the increased productivity.
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I will do that...
In the meantime...
Are there any settings that I should be concerned about that might make things worse rather than better?
Thanks
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I do not have a box with 2.x in front of me, so I am not sure.

Have you tried to log into the RVBD site and get access to the downloads?
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