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

Posted on 2011-10-07
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
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?
Question by:Technical_Edd
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    Accepted Solution

    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

    Author Comment

    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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    Expert Comment

    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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