Metro E questions:
I currently have a Domain at a central office with about 45 computer and 45 users. The domain controller (server 2012) hosts shared drives, printing, manages credentials, DNS and group policy for 3 different Organizational Units on the Domain. It does not host any applications as these are hosted elsewhere. I have 8 other small remote offices with 2 to 6 machines each. These machines are not part of the main office domain and they are standalone machines. My goal is to connect them to the main office so these machines are all on the same domain and can be centrally managed.
I’ve decided to go with Metro E from the cable provider rather than VPN. I like the idea of Metro E for its cost and functionality. But I have questions as far as the best way to connect everything. CableCo has suggested that I keep my existing Internet Connections for external access to the internet for our hosted apps at these remote locations. So for logging in and shared drives, etc…. the remote machines would use the Metro E connection to the Main office – they would be on the main office network. However, for browsing the internet, access to our web based applications, the remote machines would go out over the cable internet connection.
How would I make this happen? Currently, through DHCP, the domain controller assigns network information to workstations – IP, DNS, subnet, and gateway – so that the DC resolves DNS and directs everything external to our local building over our cable internet connection.
Metro E essentially acts as an ethernet cable off of my switch in the main office to the switch at the remote location. Therefore the remote location would have the same IP address scheme and act just like the workstations at the main office – which is what I want. The problem with this is that these remote locations would also be sending internet traffic through the Metro E connection to the main office and would bypass the remote internet connection. How can I configure it so that Domain functions go over the metro e connection while the internet traffic goes out over the remote local cable connection?