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Windows Server® 2012 Unleashed by Chris Amaris, Andrew Abbate, Omar Droubi, Guy Yardeni, Michael Noel, Rand Morimoto

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Understanding When to Leverage RODCs

As you can see from the scenarios above, businesses are faced with numerous challenges regarding the use of domain controllers in branch offices. Because of the many features of RODCs, however, branch offices can now have domain controllers on site without compromising security.

The main benefits of running RODC in branch offices are associated with the following:

• Read-only AD DS

• Reduced replication workload over the network

• Credential caching

• Administrator role separation

• Read-Only DNS

• Read-Only SYSVOL

These features of RODCs, which are discussed in detail in the following sections, assist in alleviating concerns and dilemmas for organizations.

Read-Only AD DS

Poor physical security is typically ...

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