Sat, Nov 28 2009 2:50
Branch Office: Thought Process - some considerations from the field
While choosing a branch office solution, you have to address various issues, such as security, data replication, minimal IT capabilities, hardware costs, unauthorized physical access, and unwanted changes to Active Directory.
The following bulleted list discusses the points above and highlights the solutions to address the concerns. (Source:MSL 89-389)
In case the security at the branch office is your major concern, you should use the Server Core installation option of the Windows Server 2008 operating system and install , RODCs, Server Message Block (SMB) 2.0, and BitLocker Drive Encryption. Server core offers a reduced attack surface because of the limited number of services which are running on the box.
Replication between sites
Minimal IT administration capabilities
Unauthorized physical access to servers
Unwanted changes to Active Directory
The preceding points were some consdierations from the field when choose Branch office solutions.
Filed under: Analysis, Architecture, Best Practices, Remote Server, Branch Office, IT Pro, Topology
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