Steps to build new AD controller at HQ for new remote site

agradmin used Ask the Experts™
We are building a new AD controller to be used at a new site.  What are the best practices/steps for setting up site and promoting the server/adding to site?

Our primary concern is over building/performing dcpromo at headquarters then moving to the new location/ site. Initially the sites will be connected by a 200/20 site-site VPN over internet, later replaced by a 20/20 ELAN/fiber connection.

Experienced advice on recommended steps would be appreciated.
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Director, Information Systems
If this is just a new site (not a new domain), you can create the server and promote it to Domain Controller at any time.  When the new location is ready, install the new DC, create a Site for the new location in Active Directory Sites and Services, put the DC's object in the new Site, make sure replication is taking place.

Step-by-step instructions here.
Thanks for the speedy, in-depth response. That is exactly what we were looking for.
Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information Systems
Very happy to help; thanks for the points.  You won't need it, but good luck!

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