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Second, third, fourth, etc domains in a Forest - configuration question

Posted on 2011-10-07
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I am managing a rebuild of a pair of networks bringing in all locations under one hat. I have a datacenter where masterdomain.local will be hosted in AD on a server 2008 machine as the PDC.  I have three other locations which will have ADCs at them, but they will be different domains in the same forest (loc1domain.local, loc2domain.local, etc). Do I have to set up the child domains on the PDC before I bring up the respective ADCs? Do I not touch the child domains until I dcpromo on the ADCs? Will I be able to manage all my users from within the PDC?

Am I making this more difficult than it has to be?
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As long as the port connectivity is open you will be able to create the child domains from the remote locations - note you need to set up a DNS delegation first for the subdomain

Once you have your domains set up you can administer all from root domain or as an Enterprise Administrator on any DC
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They will be connected with VPNs, so all traffic will be open. I will be able to get to any user at any of the domains from any DC?
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Yes, also Microsoft now recommends setting all your DC's are Global Catalog servers - this will reduce any referrals required from remote sites
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