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Inside Windows® Server 2003 by William Boswell

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Designing Site Architectures

Any design involves applying available features with adequate safeguards for failures. When laying out sites for your organization, keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Minimize convergence time without swamping WAN links.

  • Localize client access to domain controllers for authentication and Active Directory services. This includes Global Catalog queries.

  • Prepare for possible failure of bridgehead servers.

  • Prepare for possible loss of WAN links.

  • Ensure that all naming contexts have a replication path through each site.

The site plan depends on the network infrastructure. Begin with an evaluation of that infrastructure. Figure 7.8 shows a typical WAN layout for a medium-sized organization. The company has four offices ...

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