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Sites and Replication, Single Domain

By SteveTD ·
We have 3 sites in a Win2k environment only. DC is setup in primary site. How should we install DC's in remote sites? This will be 1 domain. With remote site DC's replicating. Should the new DC's be setup at the primary site then moved physically tothe new site. We have setup site links with different subnets. When using Dcpromo the machines in the remote sites cannot see our DC in the primary site. DNS is pointing to the first sites DC. DNS is working fine. Pings work, networked all through Fibre. Any help would be great...thanks for any advise in advance.

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Try Using the Same Subnets

by dtripp2 In reply to Sites and Replication, Si ...

I would suggest that you try putting your servers at your remote sites on the same class of IP as the DC at your site. Also, if you add your other servers as Name Servers on your DNS DC that might help. In regards to moving your servers after you set them up, if you can ping the servers fine over the Fiber, it wouldn't help setting them up at your site and moving them. Good Luck!

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Install DCs in the head office and then

by kiriklv In reply to Try Using the Same Subnet ...

Hi There,

Lets chalk out this issue with a example. Lets assume that we have CENTRAL1 server at the head office and you would like to install REMOTE1 DC at the remote location.
I would take the following method.
1. Install the REMOTE1 win2k server on a computer in the head office
2.Specify a Head office subnet IP address for REMOTE1 server
3.Run DCPROMO on REMOTE1 machine and specify the information for the REMOTE site.
4. Allow the replication (for populating Active Directory) to occur between REMOTE1 AND CENTRAL1 DCs
5. Send the computer to remote location where this machine needs to act as DC
6. Add the REMOTE1 machine to site's local network. Change the IP address of REMOTE1 machine to match IP address settings at the remote location.
7. Once DC is up and running, replication can update any changes to Active Directory.

YOU SHOULD NOT CONFIGURE A NEW DC AT THE REMOTE LOCATION BECAUSE WAN LINKS ARE OFTEN UNSTABLE AND CONFIGURING DC MIGHT FAIL.

Hope this helps...
Regards,
PRashanth

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