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Main site is in Denver with one Win 2008 R2 Domain Controller, NOT running Exchange, functions as file server only  –  – let’s say the domain, for example, is: Denver.com.

Remote site in Los Angeles is Win 2008 R2 and has 4 users and an extremely limited bandwidth.

Each site has different files in only 1 shared drive on each server but users at each site access the files on the other site.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of different domain spaces?

Should the domain space of the remote site be:

                Denver.com    or

                Remote.denver.com   or

                LosAngeles.com
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Remote can still be denver.com, DCPROMO as a domain controller in an existing domain.  Ensure that BOTH DC's are global catalog servers and that you configure AD Sites in AD Sites & Services, a different site for the IP Space of each location.
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Technically, there is no need to have different domains unless it is needed. You can maintain all users in a single domain, however irrespective to domain spaces you use, the speed will not increase. And in single domain case, you do not need to install another DC at remote site as well (unless you want redundancy etc)
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"And in single domain case, you do not need to install another DC at remote site as well (unless you want redundancy etc)"

Sorry chkiran248 but What rubbish advice.

If you ONLY have the DC at site A and you lose the connection between Site A and Site B  then NOBODY will be able to log into a computer on Site B unless they already have cached credentials on that PC.

To have two sites in different cities/states AND NOT have a DC on each site would come under the heading of "Worst Practice Guide"
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by:Kiran Ch
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Hi Neilsr,  I agree it is best to have DC's on all sites and i don't have a second thought about it but he had 4 users on a remote site and extremely low bandwidth and needs only file server traffic. Those were the items i had in my mind when i answered.
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by:Neil Russell
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Low bandwidth is a good reason TO have a second DC as otherwise EVER time any authentication to AD is required it will be network traffic passing between sites.
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by:Kiran Ch
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Yes, very much right, agreed. We must have another Dc.
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Enable branchcache this will reduce your network bandwidth
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