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I am working witha client that has 3 offices around the city and they want to network them together. They have a 2003 server at each location, high-speed internet with a static IP at each, and a Netgear FVS318 router at each. When connected they want to able to access files on each server from all 3 locations. What is the best way to do this?? My biggest questions are addressing at loaction, currently each server is a DC and running DHCP/DNS for each site, and what to configure on the PCs(XP Pro) and how to setup the router. Is there any good readme's or tutorials on setting this up? Thanks for any help and advice.
 
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The routers do support VPN, so a VPN to VPN connection between locations would be ideal. It would make no difference as to DHCP if you set up the VPN correctly. I have never set up a VPN on one of these routers, but it can't be too terribly difficult. On the web site it gives you a walkthrough on how to connect different versions of the router, but the principal is the same.
http://kbserver.netgear.com/kb_web_files/n101479.asp

You will have to create 2 IKE policies on each router for each remote site you want to connect to. If you don't have a person in each site setting it up it might be a trick unless you are using VNC or have the routers set up for remote admin.

Good luck!
 

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Thanks for the advice. A couple more questions. Each site and server should have thier DHCP addresses setup to be a different network or subnet right? On the servers, each one was setup as a DC independently, what is going to happen when they become attached to the same network??

Thanks again.
 
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You can make it so each DC's domain connects and you have 1 forest with 3 domains under it. This will allow it to "trust" across the domains but still keep the single computer at each site as the server. Make sure you have AD replication going to all 3 servers though.
 
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