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Move AD into Cloud RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi, we have several AD Servers that we need to upgrade ASAP.  Our options appear to be replace like for like with 2012 Servers and keep servers on-site, or move into a private cloud.    We have several application servers that need to remain on-site at this time, so it would just be the AD Servers that we would be looking to move (no exchange/sharepoint server etc exist within the estate)  

    Appreciate any pros/cons of moving into cloud or if general opinion would be for us to just replace the AD servers and upgrade the domain

    thanks 

    Tuesday, September 1, 2015 3:44 PM

Answers

  • You need to setup networking to your private cloud hoster for reaching your VM based AD servers which can be very costly and based on your connectivity needs. And of course loss of connectivity means AD connection problems. Also your AD (account) data is hosted in the cloud, so security is also something to think about.

    In the end everything is about the cost, if you don't have a complex environment or special requirements then setup new DC's in your local onpremise infrastructure and virtualize your domain controllers to safe costs that way. But do think about migrating and virtualizing the whole environment to the private or public cloud for the future. Keep calculate costs and all pro/cons about security,backup,redundancy and connectivity (clients/server) until it's affordable for the organisation.

    Talk and research private and public cloud vendors, every environment is different and has other requirements. So basically there is not a real and only answer to your question.

    • Marked as answer by SideBoardSam Monday, September 14, 2015 1:21 PM
    Sunday, September 13, 2015 7:09 PM

All replies

  • You need to setup networking to your private cloud hoster for reaching your VM based AD servers which can be very costly and based on your connectivity needs. And of course loss of connectivity means AD connection problems. Also your AD (account) data is hosted in the cloud, so security is also something to think about.

    In the end everything is about the cost, if you don't have a complex environment or special requirements then setup new DC's in your local onpremise infrastructure and virtualize your domain controllers to safe costs that way. But do think about migrating and virtualizing the whole environment to the private or public cloud for the future. Keep calculate costs and all pro/cons about security,backup,redundancy and connectivity (clients/server) until it's affordable for the organisation.

    Talk and research private and public cloud vendors, every environment is different and has other requirements. So basically there is not a real and only answer to your question.

    • Marked as answer by SideBoardSam Monday, September 14, 2015 1:21 PM
    Sunday, September 13, 2015 7:09 PM
  • If you plan to move applications to Cloud along the domain controllers, that may have an interest, however you should let some DC on-premise for your local needs (applications, serveurs, users, etc.)

    If you have only DC in Cloud and everything else on premise, you just introduce a new SPOF (the site to site VPN between your Cloud provider and on-premise).


    Bruce Jourdain de Coutance - Consultant MVP Exchange http://blog.brucejdc.fr

    Tuesday, September 15, 2015 8:24 AM