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Designing the Site Topology

Updated: March 28, 2003

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

An Active Directory® directory service site topology is a logical representation of your physical network. Designing an Active Directory site topology involves planning for domain controller placement and designing sites, subnets, site links, and site link bridges to ensure efficient routing of query and replication traffic.

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  • For more information about designing the Active Directory logical structure and the DNS infrastructure needed to support Active Directory, see "Designing the Active Directory Logical Structure" in this book.

  • For more information about determining domain controller hardware requirements, see "Planning Domain Controller Capacity" in this book.

  • For more information about deploying a DNS infrastructure for name resolution on your network, see "Deploying DNS" in Deploying Network Services of this kit.

  • For more information about Active Directory replication topology, see the Active Directory Collection of the Windows Server 2003 Technical Reference (or see the Active Directory Collection on the Web at http://www.microsoft.com/reskit).

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