Branch Office Newbie AD Design, Site vs Sub Domain RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi all,

    I am management Single Domain and Forest with OU many year.

    But haven't try branch Office etc.

    If New York Main Office, Ohio have Other Branch Office over WAN

    Using Site or Sub-Domain, which one is the best?

    And I have Win 8.1 with Hyper-V, do it can make two IP subnet for testing Site Design etc for newbie like me?

    Thank you.

    Saturday, May 16, 2015 11:34 AM


All replies

  • Hi

     First it all depends of your needs.And the second important point is status of link(WAN)is it smoothly and continous?

     And Office size?How many user and client?

    Please first check these detailed articles;

    Branch Office


    Child and Tree Domain Workflow


    You could configure a lab environment on your Branch Offices and test subdomain,ADC(Additional DOmain Controller,RODC(Read Only Domain Controller),resuts will be released is the closest to reality.

    Saturday, May 16, 2015 7:27 PM
  • As Burak pointed out, it depends on the WAN link speed and stability. As well as, on how many users do you have in the branch office, will someone else be managing that office, will you be sharing the Group policies, user accounts, and computer accounts, or are they an independent unit?

    Sunday, May 17, 2015 2:08 AM
  • Dear Burak,

    Thank you of the two link, very useful for me to review and reference.

    The WAN Speed will be about 6M/6M.

    Branch Office will have 5-8 person on it.

    And now I don't think someone can managing the Branch Office (But Maybe Later will be).

    They will be share using the DFS-R & DFS-N on the Main Office (But if be place other DFS-R/DFS-N Server on Branch Office in the near future if speed not good)

    Sunday, May 17, 2015 10:57 AM
  • Dear Azarya,

    Thank you of your questions, this help me review what I need now.

    And it already answer your question by answer of Burak's post, please for a look on it.

    Any suggestion also welcome.

    Sunday, May 17, 2015 10:58 AM
  • Hi

     So the branch Office small size and as you says connectivty between HQ and branch site is smoothly,maybe you could prefer configure Additional Domain Controller or RODC on Branch Office.(then you wll manage all site from centrally).

    And You will Configure DFS role for each server.Usefull topology for begining.

    Windows server dfs guide(same to 2012


    • Proposed as answer by Vivian_Wang Monday, May 18, 2015 3:27 AM
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    Sunday, May 17, 2015 11:41 AM
  • Burak,

    Thank you very much of all the link.

    One more questions, since I am new to build a site, and I have Windows 8.1 at home with Hyper-V.

    Do it can do the lab before I am run the live deploy? IF so

    How to setting the Hyper-V's Virtual Switch?

    For example,
    on New York Main Site Subnet is 192.168.28.x
    on Ohio Branch Site Subnet is 192.168.38.x

    So it make like on different WAN (by VPN Hardware), then connect to two LAN Site.

    Thank you of your value time and help.

    Monday, May 18, 2015 2:23 PM
  • Hi

     You can find detailed hyper-v and virtual switch configuration on this article;

    use hyper-v


    And i suggest you to use Microsoft virtual labs,so you can easily to simulate the real environment.Please check on here;

    TechNet Virtual Labs;


    Monday, May 18, 2015 3:02 PM