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Hi, We are getting a SharePoint 2010 CMS built and looking at the option of having it hosted in the cloud in a 3 server set up. I haven't had SharePoint experience but I am questioning what we have been told regarding Active Directory "that we would need to have an external AD server in the cloud"

Are we able to push our internal AD user information to the SharePoint server so then when editors connect via the browser they will connect with integrated authentication?

And how would it be best done with security for AD? VPN tunnel?

Thanks in advance.

Todd
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done this once for a client.  a vendor was hosting two servers for them.  One server was running AD and SQL, the other was the SharePoint front end.  We set the cloud servers up in their own domain, then did a trust to their local on site domain.  I believe this was done via VPN tunnel.  

Depending on how you set your trust up, you may have to run some commands in SharePoint so that the farm will see the trusted domain.  You could then pull in internal users.
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Hi ACH1LLES,

From you comment "done this once for  a client" I suspect it was with MOSS 2007?
I'm also looking into Claims based Authentication in MOSS 2010 and using AD Federation services as it may work for what we think we need.
Has anybody set this up and think that it would for fill what I outlined above?
But we are still throwing idea's around.

Thanks for you comment,

Todd
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correct, moss 2007.  

claims/federation should work and would I believe eliminate the need for the p2p vpn connection, although you'll need to research everything involved.  good luck to you.
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We have gone for a separate external AD domain as we don't have a lot of users.

Thanks for your input.
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