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Adding a New Site

Updated: June 8, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Design teams or network architects might want to add sites as part of ongoing deployment. Although you typically create subnets to accommodate all address ranges in the network, you do not need to create sites for every location. Generally, sites are required for those locations that have domain controllers or other servers that run applications that depend on site topology, such as Distributed File System (DFS).

When the need for a site arises, the design team typically provides details about the placement and configuration of site links for the new site, as well as subnet assignments or creation if subnets are needed.

If a new range of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses is added to the network, create a Subnet object in Active Directory to correspond to the range of IP addresses. When you create a new Subnet object, you must associate it with a Site object. You can either associate the subnet with an existing site or create a new site first and then create the subnet and associate it with the new site.

Task requirements

The following tool is required to perform the procedures for this task:

  • Active Directory Sites and Services

To complete this task, perform the following procedures:

  1. Create a site object and add it to an existing site link

  2. Associate a range of IP addresses with the site by using either of the following methods:

  3. If you are creating both a new site and a new site link, after you create the new site and add it to an existing site link, Create a site link object and add the appropriate sites. Then, remove the site from the first site link that you added it to when you created the site, if appropriate.

  4. Remove the site from the site link

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