HELP REQUIRED: Network solution/approach for new Sixth Form building
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Right, our secondary school is opening a brand new sixth form centre in its own new separate building this September. I have been asked to implement a network solution where staff and students from the secondary school can logon to the sixth form computers and vice versa (sixth form students and staff can logon to the schools network.
Sounds easy huh, well heres my dilemma. Our school is currenly operating in a 2003 domain with XP as its clients. I have been instructed by senior staff to deploy Windows 7 in the sixth form centre. I have currently bought a HP DL380 G7 server and installed 2008R2 Enterprise but before I join it to our domain and promote it to a DC, I want to know which approach I should take.
Do I make this server a child domain for the sixth form centre or just add it to the domain as our first 2008R2 DC (I have already done adprep on my 2003 domain) or do you have a better idea, which you would like to share?
If I choose my second approach and keep my network on one single domain, how do I force my win7 clients to authenticate to my 2008r2 server rather than the other DCs I have on my network? I want to keep as much network traffic in the new sixth form building in the sixth form building!
I look forward to hearing your views.