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Branch Office Networking

By sc2k4 ·
I need the best solution for networking a new branch office. The home office consist 2 W2K3 servers with 65-70 full time staff.

W2K3 server(DC,DNS,DHCP,File Server)
W2K3 server(DC and Exhange Server 2K3)

The branch office is 300 miles away from the home office and will consist of (2) people initially with expected growth to (10) people by the end of 2007.

My initial thought was using a hosting OS such as Citrix Metaframe or Terminal server. But come to find out one of our critical business apps isn't supported on hosted OS's.

My next thought is to install a win2k3 server there to server as a DC w/GC to handle logon and AD searches and access for that office.

I know I need a good connection between the branch office DC and the home office DC. (Dedicate leased line....T1?)

Would VPN be an option?

Any suggestions or recommedations on any of this?

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That would depend

by jdmercha In reply to Branch Office Networking

What dies it take to run your critical business app? Do they have to run it or do they just need to look up data on occasion? Can this app be web enabled? Do they need realtime access to it, or can they run their own copy wtih overnight synchronization?

Based on what you have said so far, I would look into a broadband/VPN solution.

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I agree

by cwegener In reply to That would depend

I agree. Choosing a solution depends on the usage of the
application.
Citrix offers a good solution in many cases. You may even
make "Non-Terminal-Server-ready" applications run on a
Terminal Server using the Citrix Application Isolation
Environment.
Initial licensing cost is pretty high on a Citrix solution. But
it usually preserves existing IT investments.
But it's hard to propose a solution without knowing both
the business and technical requirements.

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