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  • Question

  • We currently have remote sites, with Domain Controllers which are also Global Catalogue servers.

    We are still running as Windows 2000 Native…(Long Story).

    We are planning to remove the remote DC’s as most of their functions as a file server has been removed, and we are wondering if there is any need any more for the remote locations to have a Windows Domain Controller.

    The clients will shortly be running Windows 7, and we are thinking of setting up printing on a local Windows 7 machine, along with a share for roaming profiles.

    Is this a good idea or are we missing something…

    Friday, July 18, 2014 11:54 AM

Answers

  • You could use a win7 box as a local fileshare, and let the users/ws authenticate with a remote DC.

    For the printer, it can be directly connected to a workstation, and be shared. Or, if it is a network printer, you can still advertise it in AD (print server somewhere else), without a local dc.

    //jesper 

    • Marked as answer by Vivian_Wang Monday, July 28, 2014 8:42 AM
    Friday, July 18, 2014 10:40 PM

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  • From

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc978016.aspx

    Automatic Site Coverage

    There is not necessarily a domain controller in every site. For various reasons, it is possible that no domain controller exists for a particular domain at the local site. By default, each domain controller checks all sites in the forest and then checks the replication cost matrix. A domain controller advertises itself (registers a site-related SRV record in DNS) in any site that does not have a domain controller for that domain and for which its site has the lowest-cost connections. This process ensures that every site has a domain controller that is defined by default for every domain in the forest, even if a site does not contain a domain controller for that domain. The domain controllers that are published in DNS are those from the closest site (as defined by the replication topology.

    For example, given one domain and three sites, a domain controller for that domain might be located in two of the sites, but there might be no domain controller for the domain in the third site. Replication to the domain that does not have a domain controller in the third site might be too expensive in terms of cost or replication latency. To ensure that a domain controller can be located in the site closest to a client computer, if not the same site, Windows 2000 automatically attempts to register a domain controller in every site. The algorithm that is used to accomplish automatic site coverage determines how one site can "cover" another site when no domain controller exists in the second site.

    Friday, July 18, 2014 1:02 PM
  • Thanks for the reply mate, I follow what your saying.

    What about having a Windows 7 PC, as a printer server, and a profile location which is all the server would be doing, would that be okay, what do you think?

    Cheers

    Kev

    Friday, July 18, 2014 2:00 PM
  • Hi

    I would recommend using Read Only Domain Controller on the site. Doesn't need to be powerfull machine and it will help in logging on and off process as you will be using roaming profiles.

    Friday, July 18, 2014 2:05 PM
  • What would be the disadvantages to using Windows 7 there instead?

    Thanks :)

    Kev

    Friday, July 18, 2014 3:20 PM
  • Hi

    I would recommend using Read Only Domain Controller on the site. Doesn't need to be powerfull machine and it will help in logging on and off process as you will be using roaming profiles.

    The question was about removing a dc, not to put a new one in.

    Friday, July 18, 2014 10:33 PM
  • You could use a win7 box as a local fileshare, and let the users/ws authenticate with a remote DC.

    For the printer, it can be directly connected to a workstation, and be shared. Or, if it is a network printer, you can still advertise it in AD (print server somewhere else), without a local dc.

    //jesper 

    • Marked as answer by Vivian_Wang Monday, July 28, 2014 8:42 AM
    Friday, July 18, 2014 10:40 PM