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  • connecting 2 dcs

    greetings!
    here's what i have/done so far
    main campus
    dsl ->router->switch
    windows 2003 dc (main)
    server ip is 192.168.0.200
    clients ip (dhcp) - 192.168.0.10-192.168.0.100
    clients xp pro - connected to the domain


    annex campus
    dsl->router->switch
    windows 2003 dc (annex) -
    server ip is 192.168.1.200
    clients ip (dhcp) - 192.168.1.10 - 192.168.1.30
    clients xp pro (not yet connected to the domain)

    some notes:
    users on the main/annex campus are the same people
    users log-in usings domain accounts on the main campus
    they have a home folder located in drive z: on the server


    here's what i want to accomplish
    the client must be able to log-in on both domain using the same account
    clients must be able to see his home folder in the main campus if he logs-in fr the annex campus

  • #2
    Re: connecting 2 dcs

    Do you have to have two Domains?
    You could use only one Domain and just setup an additional DC on the second site.
    That configuration could be the answer to your prayers.

    Cheers
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    • #3
      Re: connecting 2 dcs

      i think that will way... but can u guide please on the process.
      the only way to connect the two site is thru the internet.

      i had demoted the annex server. what comes next?

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      • #4
        Re: connecting 2 dcs

        please guide if i will doing the right thing.

        1. install rras on main campus
        2. install rras on annex campus
        3. connect to the main campus using vpn
        4. make the annex server an additional dc of the main campus

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        • #5
          Re: connecting 2 dcs

          If you are in a Routed network I am not quite sure you want to use RRAS. What type of router do you have?
          Couldn't you just configure the routers to route the traffic to the other site and then use it as the default gateway?
          All you need to to then is promote a server to DC for an existing domain. there is other factors you need to take into consideration as well, one of them is to set the DC as a Global catalog that way if the link to the other site is lost users will still be able to authenticate to the Domain.

          Hope it helps
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          • #6
            Re: connecting 2 dcs

            hi!

            the annex is now connecting to the main campus. but using rras, the problem is i cant connect to the server. i cant even ping the server. but it is getting the right ip address from the main campus.

            i tried to test on an xp machine from the annex and dialed (vpn) the main campus. it connects fine, gets the right ip, and connects to the server.

            what am i missing?

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            • #7
              Re: connecting 2 dcs

              how much will a fibre line run you?
              What do I know, I am only 26.

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              • #8
                Re: connecting 2 dcs

                greetings!

                more issues:
                if i use dhcp on rras on main campus, it connects fine, but it gives me 169.254.168.41 ip
                if i use static on rras on main campus, it connects fine, but it can only ping the main server, it cant ping others.

                on both connection - i cant promote to dc, it gives a dns issue problem. so i need to install dns on the annex server right. but what settings do i need to change/do on the dns on both servers

                thanks

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                • #9
                  Re: connecting 2 dcs

                  Originally posted by kinalas View Post
                  greetings!

                  more issues:
                  if i use dhcp on rras on main campus, it connects fine, but it gives me 169.254.168.41 ip
                  If you are getting an Ip adderss on the 169.254.X.X range it means the client can't contact any DHCP servers because they either don't exist or aren't functional thus it's getting an APIPA address.
                  Have you configured the DHCP server? Has it been Authorised?
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                  • #10
                    Re: connecting 2 dcs

                    Most common setup I would use for this would be to use VPN enabled routers to create the tunnel between each site.
                    • Take the new server to the main site.
                    • Install and configure the new server as an additional domain controller. Make it a GC Server.
                    • Configure DFS with Replication to replicate the home directory to the second DC. Let it totally finish replicating.
                    • Configure sites and services with the IP of the new network. Move the new server into that IP range.
                    • Configure the new IP details on the new server.
                    • Physically move the server to the new site.
                    • Configure DHCP for connecting clients.
                    • Test that AD is replicating changes (make a new user or something and see if it appears at the remote site). Test file replication.
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