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Connecting 2 sites

We have a Domain in site B with a Server 2008R2, but we are opening up 2 more offices and are going to put a Server in each office, but we dont want to have different Servers with there own set of Usernames and passwords. We just want to put a username on one server and have it replicate to the other 2 Servers. These are very basic Networks with nothing elaborate.How do I connect my new servers to site B. Do I use my VPN which we have. These sites are 10 kilometres apart and all have their own internet connections.
Just an easy answer will be fine as I can get more details as I need them, but if someone can just give me the basic idea.

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NWCCSteve
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jambraunCommented:
Have you considered setting up an Active Directory domain to centrally manage the machines?  (Microsoft ADS)

If this were linux I would suggest something like NIS which is essentially Active Directory for linux.  One machine is the master and the other synch their account information from it.  You may still be able to have 1 server act as a master but personally, I would look in to a Windows Active Directory Domain Controller setup.
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NWCCSteveAuthor Commented:
Our first site which we use now has a Server 2008r2 PDC using active directory, but Im more interetsed in knowing what I do to get my other sites connected to it, do I just turn them on and log them into the domain using a VPN. This is the bit Im not sure on what to do. I
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ittogoCommented:
As long as the AD server can be found by DNS you should be able to just connect through the VPN and add it to the domain.
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Radhakrishnan RITCommented:
Site to Site VPN will be the easiest option for you, if you have any firewall, you can request your ISP to configure it and all users will be in the same subnet, so no need to keep any physical server on your branch office, Also you can add those branch office machines into your domain, If you wish you can move one server to the new site for branch office for fast replication from Active Directory Sites and services you can move this.

Hope this will help you.
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NWCCSteveAuthor Commented:
We have 3 sites and a VPN between all of them. However I think they are on different subnets, will this be a problem. Do I have to do anything unusual to make them see each other.

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ittogoCommented:
Just make sure that the servers can ping each other.  If that is the case the DNS entries should point the servers to the right network.  You might have to use fully qualified domain names for them to see each other.
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NWCCSteveAuthor Commented:
Thanks for that, just one last querie, does Active directoty just replicate by itself once I have joined them all to the same domain. Do I need to do anything extra to make them replicate AD
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ittogoCommented:
Read the following on adding a server to an existing domain
http://www.petri.co.il/windows-server-2008-adprep.htm
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NWCCSteveAuthor Commented:
Thanks for everyones help, but that link ittogo was great it really cleared things up for me.
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