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

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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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Well, it all depends on the link speed between the remote office and corp. office. With a low speed link, you will definitely want to have another domain controller in the remote office configured on a separate site. This way you will control bandwidth issues for authentication and replication. Setup as a file/print server is also a good idea provided it also houses your user profiles (if you are using roaming profiles).

For Citrix configuration, usually Citrix should be setup near your backend data. Obviously this is what you have as it is housed in your corp. office. However, you might have issues over slow links where your users in the remote office are constantly interacting with their applications over the link back and forth with the XenApp servers. ICA protocol (Citrix's protocol for remote access) is well-versed over WAN links, but it all depends on how slow is this link. So you might also want to add citrix's branch repeater for managing low bandwidth and boosting performance.
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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
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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.
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Thank you for your help and insight.
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More than happy to help ;)
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