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Domain Controller placement for Branch sites

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Hi,

I am trying to ascertain whether we need to be placing domain controllers at sites or whether a centralised model is feasible.

We are running 2003 Native mode Active Directory. We have a number of sites which are supplied with 1Mb SDSL links back to the datacentre.

We are looking to avoid placing a domain controller at each of the sites to minimise the amount of tin around the estate. The file server would not be part of this centralisation nor would print services as they would be provided by a small NAS solution.

The number of users at these sites tends to be around the 20 - 30 mark. They also use Outlook / Exchange.

Should I be worried about the relatively low bandwidth? Is there any tests that I am do to simulate the network bandwidth required to login?

I have looked for recommendations from Microsoft but cannot find anything. I had read that they are not willing to publish such documentation??? I guess I am therefore looking for some real life information.

Any help would be invaluable

Cheers

Aidan
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