Multisite network setup, Active directory and data sharing

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Greetings,

Our company just expend and have 1 new office to manage. I want your advice on how to build the new network.

Currently my main office have one windows 2008 domain controller with TS, data sharing and custom software. The main office have about 15 users. We'll add a virtualized exchange server.

The new "major" office have also about 15 users. The remote office need to have access to all my main office data. Every user will also be added to my Active directory server and will have an email account.  

How can I manage this ? Can I install one server at each office ? My issue is that all users must have access to the same data. Can we create an instant replication ? What technic should I use ?

What about the MS license ? should I bought every license in double ?

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Top Expert 2012

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The best way is to have a constant VPN link between the offices this will allow for AD replication and access to the the sites from the other sites.

Licensing you would have to call MS or an authorize dealer for licensing questions since no one on EE is qualified to answer about a companies licensing.

Pretty much the answer is to have a VPN connection between the two sites they have hardware like Cisco routers to create these links for you.

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Effectively, I'll have a VPN or a dedicated connection at each site. My question is this.. if one of my internet access goes down, my user must keep working. Is it possible to have (not only in AD) a total replication of my files, emails and things like that.

The main server will be at the main office and every user will be using this server (with site to site vpn or dedicated connection like T1 or MLPS). The other server will be at the remote site and it will be used only if the connection between both side is down.

Files, emails, authentication, scripts, everything must be replicated in this particular server. Is there an easy and automated way to do this.

If so, can the remote office computers changes automatically of server in a case of internet connectivity failure ?  Both site must be completely independent if they don't have access each other. As soon as the connection between both site brings up, both server should automatically sync and my user at the remote office should use the main server.

I hope it's clear enough, if not, don't hesitate to reply me.

Thank you


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you should read MPLS
Top Expert 2012
Commented:
Email would cost you lots of money and I don't know how this would really work since I am not an Exchange expert but if I remember right this is plausible but cost some money.

AD would work as long as  your local DC is a Global Catalog and the clients point to this server for DNS they should not see any issues.

File replication can be done with DFS.

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This is what I needed to knwo ... DFS thanks

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