I thought I would post an entry up here asking for your advice. I am working on fleshing out content for the the next tour and based on your feedback and previous comments – you want to actively participate in helping us shape the content. My question to you is along the lines of the title… “Have you or do you work in or support a Branch Office?”
I have designed branch office solutions in my previous life and didn’t have the toolsets available to IT Pros now with BITS transfer, Patching, RPC over HTTPS and Mobile devices… It was something that was easy enough, but no clear documentation or guidance on how to architect something up to meet the varying requirements. The Branch Office Guide helped from a Active Directory perspective, but nothing existed for other criteria like when to centralize Exchange vs having branch office Exchange Servers or how do you manage Site to Site VPNs instead of leased lines…
I am asking YOU what you think of the subject. If the TechNet team is coming to town in the fall with Branch Office solutions using the R2 (both Server 2003 R2 and SBS 2003 R2) and other complimentary technologies – what would you specifically like to know more about? What situations have you faced and how have you solved them?
Say your piece – comment here or click on the “Got a Question” logo on the side. I am really interested to hear what you have to say and I will personally respond (as I do anyways 🙂 ) to each comment or email I receive. Heck – I might even post a top 10 list with prizes if I get enough feedback.