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Good day!
I am tasked with expanding a small enterprise to a second location. Current setup is a single location with an SBS 2011 server with a Server 2008 R2 (add-on) performing a few functions such as backups and hosting some Hyper-V workstations. About 30 users total with maybe six additional users being hired in another town in about a month, to be followed with another group in another town in a few months.
We have decided that a VPN solution will be best and I'd like to set up a local server at each remote location as they come online. What is the best way to set this up in general terms? (Don't worry, I'll be back in a different thread for details, I'm sure...)
Which software will be used on the remote sites? How much can I do with the remote servers in terms of backing up the original server, replicating the Exchange server or AD?
Thanks!
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Since you have SBS, you can setup additional DC's (secondary) at each branch to aid local users logins. For Exchange, use Outlook Anywhere vs trying to go over VPN as the user experience would be better and faster.

What are you trying to backup? Files? Shares?
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Not really sure what I want to back up, but I have always been of the belief that if something can be backed up, it should be backed up, and this seems like an opportunity for additional backup of some aspects of the domain. My goal is to extend the network to remote locations and have at least partial functionality if either the connection or one of the servers goes down. This seems to me should include email and possibly local cached copies of shared files/folders if possible, and not too bandwidth intensive, and of course the ability to log in.
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Email is not a option with SBS as far as multiple servers go. SBS is an all in one solution and doesn't offer and HA or database resiliency as with the standard version. For file/folder shares you could just use DFS and replicate those to each location and that would also give you alternate locations of your files.
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Great, that's what I was looking for from this question - thanks a bunch!
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