Setting up a Windows 2008 IT architecture

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Datacenter management
DNS server
Domain Controller
IT architecture
Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2008 Architecture
I need to setup a new Windows 2008 architecture with the following problematics: I have two location: Office and the datacenter. I currently have two Windows 2008 Servers at the datacenter (WEB1 and DB1) And one Windows 2008 Server at the office (APP1). I want to have a private network with a VPN connection between office and datacenter. The only public server will be Web (accessible from outside the VPN). The two servers in the datacenter are production. The server at the office is the development one. I don't know how to setup everything including how many domain controller, one domain in one forest or two domains. Where the domain can be located only one or one at the office and another one at the datacenter. How many DNS Server i need. Basically I try to install the minimal configuration to host my websites. Does I need to install Terminal Services on WEB1 and DB1 for remote desktop. For now i only have these three servers but I can add in the future some special servers only for DC roles and other ones for Exchange etc. PS: I've seen the same configuration online. Two servers in datacenter one for web and another one for DB, but how do they configure their infrastructure. Thanks for your help.
ASKED: March 26, 2009  8:52 PM
UPDATED: May 10, 2013  3:42 PM

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There are a few things you need to consider:

VPN – are you setting up an internal VPN using MPLS or are you setting up a tunneling VPN through your DSL connection?

Domain – It is better if you setup a single domain once you’ve decided on your VPN. You should have at least 2 domain controllers. DB1 and APP1 should be the domain controllers for now, and WEB1 should be firewalled off and placed in a DMZ network. You don’t want web facing server part of your domain.

DNS – Your primary DNS server should be your local Domain controller APP1

Remote Desktop – On each server right click on My Computer. Click on properties. Click on the Remote tab and check Allow users to connect remotely to this computer. Once your VPN is up, you can connect to the servers using Remote Desktop.

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