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New brach office AD setup

Hi,
We have a new branch office with a 10MB WAN link b/w our main office and this new branch office.  I have placed one Windows 2003 DC in the branch office.  I plan on making this server a GC, DNS, DHCP, etc.  This branch office is also on a different subnet than our main office.  What configurations would be best in Site and Services?  Currently, I only have one site with 4 DCs listed (3 in main office and 1 in branch office).  Under subnets the only subnet listed is the main office subnet.  Should I just add the branch office subnet here and that's it?  Or do I need to add another site and set it up that way?  I don't want to make this complicated but just want to be sure I minimize the traffic on the WAN the best I can.  Any help is appreciated!  
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Mike KlineCommented:
Create a new site and associate the subnet in that remote office to that site.   You need to add the new subnet.

Then you create a site link between the current site and the new site and move the DC to that site and you should be good to go.

Users in that subnet in the remote office should use their local DC for authentication.

Thanks

Mike
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cbsykesAuthor Commented:
ok.....So basically, create a new site, add the branch office subnet within that new site, then add the branch office DC in that site, then link the two sites together using IP?
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Mike KlineCommented:
You would create a new site link (see screenshot) call it something like HQ to Remote

Thanks

Mike
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cbsykesAuthor Commented:
ok gotcha...so once the site is created I just add the DC to that site and add the branch office subnet to the subnets folder?
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cbsykesAuthor Commented:
ok....think i read your post wrong...in your first post you said create a new site...then your last post you said create a new site link...just want to make sure I'm understanding here....would I do both or just the site link?  
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Mike KlineCommented:
Yes do both, create the site and the site link,  more info/steps   http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc776511(WS.10).aspx

Thanks

Mike
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