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

Last Modified: 2012-05-10
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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