Creating a forest

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I currently have 2 servers one locally and one in another state. The local server is a windows 2003 box and the other is windows 2000. Right now we have VPN connection between the two servers and when I administer the other server it is done with Remote Desktop. I was wondering if there was any advantage in creating a forest between the two domains? Mostly what is done is a transfer of drawing between our R&D dept and theirs. They are big files and lots of graphics. Right now we use FTP otherwise it is slow, slow, slow. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you, Karen

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At the risk of being pedantic :-) you don’t create a forest between two systems, you create a forest and join them to it.

However (being in the middle of creating my own forest), I’d first have to ask – what will it gain you?

If FTP over the VPN connection is slow, adding more administrative traffic isn’t going to help.

What you might consider is using secure ftp (FTP over SSH) for the file transfer instead of a VPN.

If any of that approach interests you, write back and pursue it some more.

Bob

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  • Howard2nd
    I agree. Making a 'forest' doesn't touch the problem. If FTP is 'too' slow and file compression has not helped, you need a bigger straw. Transfer speeds are a function of bandwidth and choke points. If the local users are not screaming, we can presume the servers are providing effective transfer times locally. That leaves the connection between. If either end is less than T1 then look at upgrading. You did not specify file size other than to say 'big' - we nanage a link for radiology where the average file size (with compression) is 30 megabytes. Have you looked at the packet send/dropped/resent values for your link - a poor connection at either end would keep you from reasonable service. Good luck.
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  • Ntlanman
    I creating anything over a WAN the right question is as Bob state: "What will it gain you?" In a simple setup such as this I would have to ask if it was worth it. Unless you have a need for mapped drives, sharing apps, and single logons across the servers I wouldn't change things. I would stay with the VPN instead of Secure FTP to keep the client configurations simple and easy to support. If there are other requirements you have not stated then we could re-evalute this decision.
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    In creating anything over a WAN the right question is as Bob stated: "What will it gain you?" In a simple setup such as this, I would have to ask if it is worth it. Unless you have a need for mapped drives, sharing apps, and single logons across the servers I wouldn't change things. I would stay with the VPN instead of secure FTP to keep the client configurations simple and easy to support. If there are other requirements you have not stated then we could re-evalute this decision.
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  • Soniaarora
    agreed with all replies that no need to creat forest. It'll only increase the traffic on bandwidth. Your problem is slow sped while transferring data . So its better if you increase your bandwidth in VPN connection so that u'll see the good reponse.You can find out whether its a problem with Bandwidth & high traffic by using any network monitoring tool like SNMP or by I/O rates
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