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11.14. Setting a Preferred Bridgehead Server for a Site

Problem

You want to set a preferred bridgehead server for a site.

Solution

Using a graphical user interface

  1. Open the Active Directory Sites and Services snap-in.

  2. In the left pane, expand Sites, expand the site where the server you want to set as a bridgehead is contained and expand the Servers container

  3. Right-click on the server you want to set as the bridgehead and select Properties.

  4. Highlight IP, SMTP, or both, pertaining to the protocol(s) for which you want the server to be a bridgehead.

  5. Click the Add button.

  6. Click OK.

Using a command-line interface

Create an LDIF file called set_bridgehead_server.ldf with the following contents:

dn: cn=<DCName>,cn=servers,cn=<SiteName>,cn=sites,cn=configuration,<ForestRootDN>
changetype: modify
add: bridgeheadTransportList
bridgeheadTransportList: cn=IP,cn=Inter-site Transports,cn=sites,cn=configuration,<ForestRootDN>
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then run the following command:

> ldifde -v -i -f set_bridgehead_server.ldf

Using VBScript

' This code sets a preferred bridgehead server for a particular transport
' ------ SCRIPT CONFIGURATION ------
strServer     = "<DomainControllerName>"  ' e.g. dc1
strServerSite = "<SiteName>"              ' e.g. Default-First-Site-Name
strTransport  = "<TransportName>" ' e.g. either IP or SMTP ' ------ END CONFIGURATION --------- set objRootDSE = GetObject("LDAP://RootDSE") set objServer = GetObject("LDAP://cn=" & strServer & ",cn=Servers,cn=" & _ strServerSite & ",cn=sites," & _ objRootDSE.Get("configurationNamingContext") ...

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