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Windows Active Directory

Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I was recruited an Senior Windows Engineer for a IT company and the Engineers I worked have a very limited knowledge of Windows AD and Windows Networking in general.

We have a one client and there operation spans 24 locations. In the past their sites are configured independently even though their is a VPN from every site to head office. Each site has SBS 2003 installed, and PCs are configured as a Workgroup even though there is SBS Server 2003 Domain Controller. I have tried explaining to the engineers I worked with that the PCs should be joined to the Domain for both security and central management of resouces and objects on the network.

Going forward what I would like to do is join all 24 sites to one Active Directory Domain instead of each site being independant of each other, and instead of installing SBS 2003 or SBS 2008 I want to install Standard Edition. I have tried to convey this to the engineers I work with but they are slow to understand the concept and don't really want to take on the extra administrative workload.

I would like to hear from other engineers and seek their opinions relating to this, and see technically what I'm trying to achieve is the right way of doing things.

Thank you Experts Exchange,


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