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Join a Windows Domain over a VPN connection

Jul 20

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Fri, 20 Jul 2012 15:32:51 GMT  RssIcon

In this scenario I will take you through the simple process of joining a Windows Server 2008 R2 in Site B to an existing Forest / Domain controller in Site A over an established router-to-router IPsec VPN connection.

Joing a Windows 2008 R2 to an existing Domain over VPN

In this scenario I have setup and installed the new server in Site B, and configured it with a static IP address and have already established the IPsec VPN connection to Site A. The IP address range used in Site A is 192.168.1.X and Site B is configured with 192.168.2.X. I have also tested that the 2 servers can ping each other.

Step 1: In Site B - configure the network adapter of the new server with the DNS IP address of the existing DNS server in Site A. This will ensure that the new server can resolve DNS names to IP addresses - this is important as you cannot join a domain using the IP address of the server.

Step 2: Join the new server to the existing domain controller. Provided you have a properly configured VPN Connection, and properly configured DNS Server in Site A - your new server should now appear in Active Directory Users and Computers in Site A.

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