Post by pvliii via WinServerKB.com
We have a remote location connected over VPN via broadband link. We have AD
running on 2K3 server at HQ. Each user has a roming profile. There are no
login issues at HQ. The login times at the remote location are
slow, and as such we are leaving the machines logged in under a generic
username, wich compromises security.
How can I speed up the login times? We have a server in storage (it's older,
but still usable). What about setting it up as a BDC at the remote location.
Will that speed up the loading of users profiles?
There is no such thing as a "BDC" since NT4.0. Even what is now called a
"PDC" is not the same thing as what a PDC used to be in NT4.0.
Anyway, you need to make use of Active Directory Sites Objects and Subnets
These do basically 2 things [basically :-)]:
1. Regulates AD Replication over the slow WAN link.
2. Users/Clients will use their own *local* AD that is physically in the
location as the DC they log into which greatly speeds up the login process.
So, reseach the use of AD "Sites" and "Subnets" Objects. The two work
together and are pretty much inseparable.
You also need to consider *replacing* or *combining* the Roaming Profiles
with Folder Redirection and maybe (maybe) Offline Files. Roaming Profiles,
Folder Redirection, and Offline Files can all work together in combination
to create a proper solution.
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