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Windows 2000 SBS and remote Win 2003

By almashdi ·
We are running Windows 2000 SBS in our office + a Citrix server and I need to configure a new Windows 2003 member server with SQL for another remote branch.
There will be only 4 people in the remote office. They have a static IP address and have broadband internet access.

How would remote users authenticate to Windows 2003 server if their server is setup only as a member server? There is no WAN connection between the two offices.
I understand that with Windows 2000 SBS you can have only one DC and any other servers have to be a member server.

Please share your thoughts.


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by CG IT In reply to Windows 2000 SBS and remo ...

they don't authenticate with the W2003 member server.

Your understanding of only 1 DC in Small Business Server is not correct. There is the misconception that because the Small Business Server can not establish trusts between domains and is the root domain of the forest and that the server SBS is installed on must remain as the root server, that you can only have 1 DC. You can have multiple DC's with a global catalog role for redundancy in Small Business Server.

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by CG IT In reply to

therefore you can setup a remote site, with a DC that has the global catalog role that are members of an SBS domain and replicate Active Directory from the SBS DC to the remote site DC if the remote site internet access [ISDN, Broadband, etc].

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by CG IT In reply to

what really comes into play is the number of user or computer limit in the Small Business Server. The limit is 75. That is 75 devices or 75 users depending upon how SBS is setup. [SBS 2000 is 50]. Every connection to the SBS box is counted be it users or devices.

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by CG IT In reply to

note: there are 2 types of client access licenses with SBS device or user. you buy the types you want. most configure SBS per device which gives the company an unlimited # of users but a limit of 75 devices. that way one can have DC's, member servers and 65 to 70 desktops [5 to 10 servers which give flexibility to small businesses that have remote sales offices with small staffs].

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