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What services/setup is required on a server for Setting up Remote Sales Office

Hello.  I am looking for some guidance as need to setup a new server (HP) in our sales office which supports 5 Windows users and 1 Mac.  They will be connected to the Corp Office via VPN Tunnel on the firewalls.  


Corp configuration currently is a Windows 2003 Domain, running Exchange 2007, and Citrix XenApp 6.5.


My question is, This will be the only server at the remote office.  I want this server to serve as File/Print services and allow them functions to speed up their processes at their location.  They will also utilize Citrix XenApp 6.5 for a good portion of their day accessing corporate applications.  


We are currently on two domains, but they are moving to a new location and with this new server, they will be an extension of the corp domain, not their own which is going away,  with mail services, major applications and XenApp 6.5 services to be used there, but housed at the corp location.  


So, do I set this server up as a Domain Controller with file/print services? Do I set this server up as a Member server?  I am just looking for some guidance as I haven't setup a new remote office from scratch.  Thanks.
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Thank you for your response.  I am not sure of the speed yet as it is going to be a new space, so definiately will weigh that into consideration.  Main thing, I want them to be able to work with basic functions even if our VPN link is severed, therefore the file/print.  I was thinking of the domain controller so their profiles aren't too doggy... Definately a good idea on the Branch Repeater as well.  Would it make sense just to have the Citrix Branch Repeater and skip the DC/File/Print server?  Just a thought... Think I still need them to have that for basic fuction, but appreciate the clarity as I want to do this once and right.  Thanks
I wouldn't recommend skipping the DC/File/Print server setup with just the Citrix Branch Repeater for one main reason: What if the link goes down - how will your users in the remote office authenticate and access their files?

Although you are talking about 6 users, and although this is the way I would really plan to go with, you would still want to gather your requirements, weigh them with your buget/capabilities and plan correctly before implementing. My recommendations to you in this post and the previous post is a mere response to your quick question, but in reality you might come up with more requirements and if you don't have enough experience and/or confidence then you might want to hire a consultant.
Thank you for your help and insight.
More than happy to help ;)