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Should I setup a DC or a member server on remote job site?

The main office has a Small Business Server 2003 network (192.168.16.x). The main office has a terminal server for laptop users.

We have a few remote job sites in the field, which are connected together thru microwave to form a remote job site network (10.101.2.x). There are no servers on this network.

There is a VPN router on each network, and the two networks are connected thru VPN.
SBS 2003 is the DHCP server in main office. The VPN router in the remote job site network is the DHCP server for the remote job site network. There are about 10 laptop users in the remote job site network. They usually use the terminal server installed in the main office to access the SBS network

We are going to install a Dell Server in one of the remote job sites. This Dell server is for IBM Maximo software. There will be two VMs on this Dell server. VM1 (Windows 2008) will be the web front end app server, VM2 (Windows 2008 + SQL 2008) will be the DB server.

- I would like to join both VM1 and VM2 to the SBS2003 domain.
Should I configure VM1 as a DC or configure both VMs as member servers?
- Either way, is there a document on step by step details about joining to domain or is there anything I should be aware of when joining Windows 2008 as a DC or a member server to SBS2003 domain?
- If I configure VM1 as a DC, does it have to be a DHCP server as well?
- If I configure VM1 as a DC, do I have to configure it in main office first then move it to the job site? Or, can I configure it as a DC when it is already in the job site?

Additional info: we will install a Dell server in main office as well. This Dell server will be for Maximo test/dev environment while the Dell server mentioned earlier in the remote job site is Maximo production environment.

Thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions?


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1. U can't add another DC to SBS2003. So it must be member servers
2. U could join 2008 server to 2003 DC without any issues
3. No. U can steel use DHCP on your router. But the best practice assign static IP for your servers.
> 1. U can't add another DC to SBS2003. So it must be member servers
FALSE.  You CAN add additional DCs.  You CANNOT add additional SBS servers - this is because the SBS server MUST be the FSMO master holding all 5 roles... you can't have TWO SBS servers in the same domain BOTH holding all 5 roles.

@ dlSmlSS - WRONG!

You can add an additional DC to an SBS Domain - indeed it is normaly recommended to have multiple DCs for resiliance and ease of recovery in the event of a failure. So long as the SBS server maintains all of the FSMP roles there are no issues. So you could add another DC - all you have to do is to join the sever to the SBS domain and then run DCPROMO.

Servers themselves are better wih a static IP address. If you are using a router for DHCP then I would switch this to the SBS server as there is much better integration and less issues with configuration (such as the allocation of DNS server addresses)

If the new server is going to be a 2008 DC then uou need to tun adprep before doing the DCPromo, but this is straighforward. see

It would also be a good idea to have an additional DHCP and DNS server for resiliance so you can add these sevices as well
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- I assume I have to configure the second DC when the server is in the main office, and then move it to job site?
- If I create a new user on SBS2003 in main office, will this info be transferred to the second DC on job site automatically in a reasonably short period of time?

1 - you can do it remotely - put doing it in the main office is probably simpler
2- Yes, you should create a new logical site in AD Sites and Services and add the remote subnet to the new site, replication will then happen according to the interval that you specify.

Creating a logical site and making the new DC a DNS and Global Catalog server will prevent needless cross-site traffic at logon
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those docs are absolutely what I am looking for :-)