I'm in the planning stages for an Active Directory implementation here at our small but growing business and would like some best practice advice.
- Basically we have about 65 people and looking to expand to 100 in 7 months.
- Our production web server is hosted off-site and completely separate from our offices (no site to site VPN)
- The server room in our building is not ideal. While power is good, it's dusty and we're located in earthquake country.
I'd like to put 1 domain controller on site for performance reasons. Once the domain is up we plan on utilizing BPOS for hosted exchange.
The question is, where to put the second one? If I put it in our production facility I would need to setup a site-2-site VPN which could potentially create a backdoor to our production environment. Putting it on the same site wouldn't be fault tolerant. Is syncing with BPOS considered a domain controller in the cloud?
Also is there a downside to having AD roles + DNS + File server roles on the same hardware to cut down on costs?
Thanks in advance!