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Windows Server® 2008 Administrator’s Companion by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford

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Read-Only Domain Controller

A major challenge faced by many IT departments is the management and security of branch office systems. Branch offices are frequently too small to have their own IT departments and too distant for administrators to put in personal appearances. A branch office may have poor physical security but still requires a domain controller to run one or more essential applications. Or the domain controller may be the only server in the branch office and therefore required to perform multiple roles.

A Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC) addresses many of the problems inherent in branch office locations. An RODC holds the same Active Directory attributes and objects as one would find on a writeable domain controller. The difference ...

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