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  • SBS 2008 Server Topology

    Hi all,

    I work mainly with server 2008 enterprise editions in a large educational sector that has virtually unlimited licencing options for server implementation. I have now been asked to assist in a SBS implementation in a commercial environment.

    I am finding it difficult to locate accurate information about licence/setup options for an SBS 2K8 server and what is required for either an RODC in a branch or another 2K8 server in a branch office.

    Can 2 SBS servers be in the one domain with each in a different site?

    MS Blogs on the premium setup seem to suggest that an RODC should be in the same site??? This seems defeating of the purpose of a site based RODC?? I have spent about 2 hours on this and can't make head nor tail of it ... the normal supplier of my harware - whilst they sell SBS have no idea (or choose not to tell me) exactly what combinations are available for an SBS 2008 domain across sites/branches.

    Is there a simple explanation somewhere that someone can point me at ....

    Thanking you in anticipation ...

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    Re: SBS 2008 Server Topology

    You are only allowed one repeat ONE SBS box per domain (and no trusts, so no multi domain forests). If there are more I believe they both start rebooting every hour.

    There is nothing to stop you having additional servers (member server, DC or RODC) in the SBS domain -- you cannot move FSMOs but apart from that, no restrictions.

    Not sure why they recommend a RODC in the same site -- to me an additional DC makes more sense.

    Basically, SBS with exchange in your main site, additional DC in your child site (very much as normal )
    Tom Jones
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    Ossian Ltd

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