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    Hi all,

    We currently have a media room with 20 pc's in there, which all standalone from the network due to the size of the media files they are creating.

    Also this room is the other end of the site and the network path to this room is quite costly in terms of hops.

    So i had an idea of buying a new server and and making it a file server that they could all save their files to it. But then someone said well sometimes we probably would like to run normal IT lessons in that room so they would need to be on the network.

    So i then thought i would make this new server a Child domain controller and then they can choose which network to logon to.

    1. Is this a suitable idea?
    2. if so can people access resources like SIMS etc on the child domain?

    Thanks in advance for the advice

    regards Steve

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    We bought in an EditShare for our Media Department, but you could use any sort of high-performance disk based system to do the same job.


    Each PC has 2 network cards, one is public, the other is statically assigned and connects only to the EditShare.

    Works really well, it means we can control the PC's to the same extent we can control the others on site using group policy etc and they get to use their own logon credentials and still can access their usual file shares etc, but they also get their own private storage which doesn't cripple the rest of the network.

    Works with the laptops they have too, they get public address for the WLAN and a private address for the EditShare network.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPerceptron View Post
    We bought in an EditShare for our Media Department
    Intriguing. How much was one of those?

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    Yes, this is a reasonable way to tackle the problem. If you want to go down the split domain route, I'd suggest you either use a trust, or better put both domains in the same forest.

    Although really I don't think it's necessary. In a single domain environment you can use the 'sites' functionality to control 'where' on the network things are. Thus you can define two sites, your general network and the multimedia network. Then you can tie GPOs into each site and customize what happens in each location that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    Intriguing. How much was one of those?

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    Ours came to around £10k with installation (I think), they vary depending on size obviously, we went for a 2.5TB w/ dual 1gb NIC's, rather than the 10gb option that's also available.

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