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Is Active Directory Sites and Services required and how to set up in Win 2008 R2?

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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hello,

     We have a situation where we need to add a server to a remote office... right away...which previously has just been relying on access over VPN to the main office, for services. Besides the file server role that this new (remote office) server will fulfill, I feel the remote office would benefit from a DC being there.

- The main and remote offices are on different subnets
- The two offices are connected by SonicWall VPN tunnels and its pretty much open access between them, for most protocols
- Windows 2008 R2 DC's
- If it matters, Exchange 2007 SP3 is running at the main office (on a Win 2008 server which is not a DC.)

At first, I would like to know if setting up Active Directory Sites and Service is even necessary in every situation, of remote offices and different subnets... are those the requirements, right there?
Despite the fact that I and the people with me on my team have decent knowledge in a number of areas, we just haven't had the need to ever use Sites and Services (and probably have basically ignored it in any study.) Does anyone know of any good step-by-step links for setting it up on Windows 2008 R2 domain?

Thanks a lot!
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