Split-Site School - What's the best way to set up the network?
We are a split site school (primary school and secondary school - 10k distance). There is a VPN link (leased line) connection between the two for SIMS and the connection to the internet at the secondary site. The link is not fantastically fast or reliable (we're overseas). Currently, there are a number of domains on each site. This causes problems with duplicating work, and some (admin, mainly) staff work on both sites.
So it would be better to have one domain.
I understand that this is possible with active directory sites. Do we just have a subnet for each site then use that?
Replication - is it bandwidth hungry?
What happens when the link is down? Can we make it so that most services are replicated across each site?
What happens when the link returns? Will windows figure everything out? (How clever is it? Hypothetically: if a user has changed their password at each site while the link is down, how does it know which to use?)
Does it actually work?!
Any help will be appreciated. I need to convince the new network manager that this is better than having all domain controllers at secondary, then a separate subdomain at primary which users can select if the link goes down :eek: