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W2K AD and E2K on Prolong Disconnected Network

By hasmadi ·
I have a remote office with the followig setup:

1. One W2K DC (not a FSMO holder)
2. One E2K server

The remote office's servers are part of the chid domain at the Head Office. The FSMO role holder for the child domain is at the Head Office (cannot be moved). In one month's time, the remote office will be disconnected from the Head Office for a period of between 6 to 12 months, before it will be connected again to the Head Office.

My questions:

1. What will be the impact on the servers in the remote office when they are disconnected from the FSMO role holder in the Head Office for that long?
2. What if the impact if I modify the AD tombstonelifetime to 12 months?
3. What will be the impact on the users at the remote office?

-hasmadi-

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by lcampbell In reply to W2K AD and E2K on Prolong ...

You will lose connection to your authenticating server.
I would configure DNS and a Global Catalog on the Remote DC. This should allow remote users to authenticate to their local DC instead of across the wire as they do currently.
Also, the DNS will allow them to navigate the local network after disconnection as well.
Good Luck

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by hasmadi In reply to

Thanx for the feedback. I will definitely hve a local DC t the remote office (also a GC). What would be the impact on the E2K server? Can the server still function as per normal (with local GC and DC, though the DC is not a domain FSMO role holder)?

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by lcampbell In reply to W2K AD and E2K on Prolong ...

Is the remote office still going to retain internet connectivity?
Check with the ISP and make sure there is a DNS MX record to direct the mail to that server.
Seems to me that it should work fine (so long as the mail isnt' already being routed from the Main office to the Remote office) Then you could end up with troubles in Email land. :)

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