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Windows 7: managing remote sites using AD

06 Sep 2012   #1

windows 7 32 & 64 bit (both pro)
managing remote sites using AD

Hi all,

Firstly great site, I have been bouncing in and out for months now and found lots of good snippets which have helped out.

I have a question relating to managing remote site machines. Let me give the scenario, then ask the question, that would probably prevent more questions before answers.

I manage thousands of machines which are installed on remote sites.
Each site contains an ADSL line, a router and 1-10 machines on that site.
Each site has its own local DHCP scope provided by the router, so in essence there should not be any 2 machines out there with the same IP.

Each site is currently set up so that local site machines are members of a local workgroup with all machines running Windows XP Pro 32bit. There is currently no domain infrastructure on site. Machines are managed via a number of 3rd party technologies which we pay for, but Im hoping to centralise the management of these machines by introducing AD.

My question is, from our head office location, is there any reason why these sites couldnt be configured as domain machines, where the domain controller is at our head office.

I understand that there may be some firewall changes required at both our head office and local site routers etc, but as the entire infrastructure exists on a secured ADSL line, (not public BT / Sky / Cable ADSL etc) I dont see any security concerns around this. That aside, while security may be a follow-up question, thats not my initial concern. Im primarily wanting to know are there any pitfalls or issues with trying to adopt this approach to managing a large distributed estate?

Any changes Im looking to make would be introduced as sites replace kit with new hardware which includes a move to Windows7 Pro.

Thanks for any comments.

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