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We acquired a lab a few hundred miles away.  We have setup a VPN connection between our facilities.  They have a different network address than we do (which we control that).  I am just trying to decide which way would be the best way to go:

1.  Make them their own domain and setup a trust
2.  See if I can just add their machines to our existing domain over the VPN
3.  Just have them be a Peer to Peer type network with one server their to facilitate DNS and DHCP.

Is there an advantage to going one way over the other?  Has anyone ever joined machines to a domain over VPN?  Does that work ok?

Thanks!

Mark
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We have some foreign offices connected through vpn and within our domain. So it shouldn't be a problem. The best thing to do is place a (simple) server over there which also is a domain controller (DNS/DHCP). That way the clients at the remote site will not experience latency when logging on and the amount of data (AD related) traversing the vpn will be minimized (only the DC synchronizing).
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So, make it a DC in our domain...  I can do that.

Thanks!
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You're welcome. Need more info? Let me (us) know.
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Worked perfectly!  Thanks for the info.
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You're welcome :)
Thx for the points.
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