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  • Setting up a Domain Replicating server for a remote office

    I need to setup a new server for a remote office (IP address range 192.168.1.xxx). If I setup the server as a Domain Replicating server, that is, it will provide DHCP leases specific to that remote office, DNS to point to the Domain Controller at head office (192.64.10.10), etc, can I connect it to the head office network (192.64.10.xxx) and give it an IP address of, say, 192.64.10.2 so that it can connect to the head office network, setup all the replications and other settings, then when I take it to the remote office, simply give it the new IP address of, say, 192.168.1.10 without incurring any problems?

    How do you guys do it?

    Windows 2003 Server.
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  • #2
    Re: Setting up a Domain Replicating server for a remote office

    We have a load of small offices at the company i work at.

    We setup each office with its own IP range, DHCP server, we also setup a VPN to the main office (among others) so that comms is good and replication can occur.

    With Sites and services we have a site setup for each site and we have the servers in this with a replication partner added to the main server at the main office.

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    • #3
      Re: Setting up a Domain Replicating server for a remote office

      Consider this. When I setup the remote site server, I have to connect it to our head office LAN with IP address XYZ.

      When I then take it to the remote office, I have to change the IP address to match that subnet, being ABC.

      What I'd like to know is that when I take the server to the remote office and change its IP to ABC, will that stuff up any of the settings on the server, for example, replication?

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      • #4
        Re: Setting up a Domain Replicating server for a remote office

        In ADSS just move the DC to the proper site and the KCC will take care of replication. (unless there's been some manual setup for site replication)
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        Jeremy

        Network Consultant/Engineer
        Baltimore - Washington area and beyond
        www.gma-cpa.com

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        • #5
          Re: Setting up a Domain Replicating server for a remote office

          Could you not build the box off LAN and DCPromo it on-site using the /adv option to restore AD from a system state backup?


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          • #6
            Re: Setting up a Domain Replicating server for a remote office

            Do you hve a VPN setup on the satellite site??

            If you have then why don't you dcpromo the server at that site and configure it with the correct IP addresses.

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            • #7
              Re: Setting up a Domain Replicating server for a remote office

              Personally I used DCPromo from site after the build at HQ on my 5 sites on different sub nets. But I have also used jeremyw's method without a problem.

              You just have to make sure the DNS is spot on or you'll get NtFrs errors in the Event viewer / File Replication Service
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