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Windows Domain Config

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Hi Guys,

Want do ask advise for the following scenario, what would be our best option here;

1.  We have a network with 3 x servers
2.  Windows Server 2008 (x 2) and Windows Server SBS 2008 (x 1)
3.  The SBS server was initially configured as the domain controller
4.  The 2nd server (Windows Server 2008) was later added as a firewall and hooked up to the same domain (SBS)
5.  We acquired a 3rd server and this is where the decision making comes in;

The SBS server (1) will be used for small random applications, such as antivirus and backup manager, etc.  Perhaps some shared resources.
The Windows Server 2008 (2) is our firewall (TMG) server
The Windows Server 2008 (3) will become our primary MS Exchange server

We have to decide whether
a.  To keep the SBS server (1) as the domain controller and make the 3rd server part of the current domain
b.  To install and setup the new server (3) as a new domain controller and make the TMG server (2) part of the new domain.  Create a trust relationship with the SBS server between the two domains.
c.  To leave the SBS server completely out of the equation.

The reasons - why in my opinion - the SBS server domain should be replaced with a new Windows 2008 domain is;
- The SBS domain was setup initially with special characters as part of the domain name (underscore and hyphen) included.
- The SBS domain contains quite a number of objects, which we don't use any.  Such as MS Forefront security and all the other SBS components & objects deployed during installation.

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