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The properties for my windows 2000 server, fsmo DC, shows 'IP' under the "This server is a preferred bridgehead server for the following transports:".   The properties for the windows 2003 server DC has nothing listed there.

In prepping 2 new windows 2008 R2 servers to replace those old DCs, is it necessary to add 'IP' in that box on one or both of the windows 2008 R2 servers?  I only have the 2 domain controllers and no remote sites or DCs, etc.  Once I have the windows 2008 R2 servers setup as DC's, with one being the fsmo holder, then the two old servers will be demoted, but will remain on the network as member servers for now.

I have a home lab set up as a test environment to basically, minimally match this work setup.
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bridgehead is the server that will communicate with another for AD replication

in case you had 4 AD DC server in one location and 4 more in another location.....

if your not running multiple locations with multiple AD DC servers - its not necessary
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That's what I thought, from the bit of research I did.  
The word 'sites' was confusing me in the info I was reading.
I only have one 'site' (location) and the 2 domain controllers.
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No in 2008 R2 a lot of improvements have been made to introduce load balancing to distribute load.  More on that here

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bridgehead_server_selection(v=ws.10).aspx

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Mike
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If you only have one site then you don't have to worry about bridgeheads.    Intrasite replication happens within seconds.

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Thanks for the additional input.  I didn't set up the current system, and the Windows 2000 Server had that set to IP.  Not sure why.  So, I was just making sure.
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