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Connecting TWO NT Domains

By farooq.patel ·
Hello folks,

We have a Ethernet LAN with about 100 users on NT4, using C class TCP/IP with static IP and NETBios. I am planning to connect of one of our remote european office who are on a separate NT4 domain running DHCP. Our PDC is NT4.0 & the exchange server is a BDC NT4/Ex 5.5. We r putting in a 128K link with Cisco routers. Effectively the remote office with become and extension of our LAN. They are on NT4, one server only.

What is the best way of connecting the severs so they can have limited access to file storage and the exchange server. Should we change them from DHCP to Static IP? Should we put in Trust or make their server a BDC/member serve or a better way?

Thankx.

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by quahsays In reply to Connecting TWO NT Domains

to share resources between two NT4 domains, I believe you need to set up a trust relationship which is pretty complex; I would feel setting the second office's NT as a member server of the existing domain.
control of accounts should also be easier,otherwise, you need to ensure synchronisation of accounts between the two domains which may not be a good idea over WAN, bandwidth is a key consideration.

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by james_simon In reply to Connecting TWO NT Domains

This is a pretty typical senerio. Setting up a trust in not all that complex. I would suggest doing it that way. This will minimize wan traffic and consolidate it to only the traffic that actually requires shared resources on the other. If you set it up as a BDC there will be wan replication and also you will need to set up push/pull WINS, further increasing wan replication and bandwith usage. This is going to be a very slow link between the two offices so bear that in mind as well. I would definetly not go with a member server idea. All your users will have to authenticate across the wan for anything and you would have to flatten the existing domain for the new office and add it to the existing office.
My suggestion: setup a trust between the two existing domains.

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by farooq.patel In reply to Connecting TWO NT Domains

Thank you.

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by Bhrdwh In reply to Connecting TWO NT Domains

Best way would be have a trust relationship between your two domains. Also maintain one BDC at either locations to synchronize the two domains faster. This way both Administrator at either locations can control users easily.

Another way would bemaking a Router to Router tunnel to the domain having more users. This way only the users can login & have access to the network and security would be maintained.
akash

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