Setting up DNS / RODC in branch office
Posted on 2012-08-20
I'm in the process of trying to sort out a setup for our new branch office. We currently have a SBS 2011 server in our head office which provides the usual exchange/sharepoint/file&print etc.
In the branch office we currently have two staff, but this will scale in the coming months.
The plan is to install a couple of draytek routers with a site to site vpn configured between them. Then in the branch office install a basic server configured as an RODC and a file/print server.
I've got the two routers configured and i can ping between the two networks, and also access file shares and RDP to the servers in the head office, however only by IP address.
My next step is to setup DNS/RODC, but i'm a bit unsure how to go about this. I've read plenty of microsoft articles which involve 2-300 pages of some helpful info about prerequisites etc, as well as more basic guides online.
My main issue at the moment is DNS. I haven't yet installed the DNS role as generally i have installed it as part of the dcpromo / ADDS installation.
I attempted to run a dcpromo - however because DNS isn't able to resolve the domain at the other end of the VPN i can't proceed.
I next went to install DNS manually, but again hit an issue because the ADDS role is now installed, and it spits back an error that the DNS role should be run at the same time.
Finally i had the bright idea to adjust the DNS server address on the network adapter to point to the SBS Server which provides DNS at the main office.
Before i flounder around and break something, can someone give me some pointers about the correct way to proceed from here?
Thanks muchly in advance!