Hello all, I just wanted to thank everyone that takes time out of there day to answer my question(s). It's greatly appreciated.
I work for a medium sized business in the manufacturing sector. Recently, we began going after the Chinese market and have setup a small office of about 20 employees (5 or 6 being sales/service folks that are always traveling). In the short term, we've contracted IT assistance to help us setup a small workgroup environment with a single file server (Windows 7, Server 2008). We have a dedicated tunnel from our main office to the China office and they utilize an ERP application via terminal server daily.
We're interested in setting them up on a domain, however, I'm pretty torn between a few options. The important consideration is we'd like to avoid setting up a mail server for now, as that will increase management overhead and all of the OS's are going to be in Chinese (none of us speak Chinese much less read it). The China office has a 10mbps connection so e-mail shouldn't take a huge performance hit being based out of our office. Also, I'd like to easily be able to delegate control to 1 or 2 IT individuals when they are hired on in the not so near future.
Option 1) Set them up as a new forest with a two way trust. I'm hoping an exchange guru can tell me if this will cause any conflict with our mail server. If e-mail works seamlessly between the two forests, this seems like a viable solution. I have limited experience working with e-mail (domain registrars, mail servers, etc) so let me know if you need more detail regarding our environment.
Option 2) Set them up as a sub-domain within our forest. Assuming the language has no affect on inter-interoperability, this option may work great. That way everything is within the same forest. I'm also not sure how operating systems of different languages inter-operate. I imagine there wouldn't be any problems but I haven't been able to find much online.
Option 3) The option of simply adding them to our, much too flat, Active Directory is something I'd like to avoid if possible but that's certainly an option as well.
To add additional context, the main office environment is purely server 2003 (domain level and forest level) so that will need to be taken into consideration as well.
Anyone ever face a similar decision? Let me know if you need any additional information and I will continue to research on the side. =)