Sites are boundaries for intrasite replication. They provide a way to define which domain controller is used for authentication and directory searches by a collection of client computers on a common IP subnet. Sites are created for IP subnets that contain a large number of users or a small number of users who need to avoid authentication and directory searches across a wide area network (WAN) link. Sites also provide a way for site-aware clients to target authentication requests, directory searches, and other operations against a domain controller in the same site or in a nearby site.

Creating an Active Directory site

The following table lists the references that you can use when you need to create an Active Directory site.

  Step Reference
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On a domain controller, click Start, click Administrative Tools, click Active Directory Sites and Services, and then press F1. Review the Help topic titled Checklist: Configure an Additional Site.

Active Directory Sites and Services Help

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On a domain controller, click Start, click Administrative Tools, click Active Directory Sites and Services, and then press F1. Review the Help topic titled Adding a Site to the Forest.

Active Directory Sites and Services Help

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Review the information on the Web and complete the steps for creating an Active Directory site.

Adding a New Site (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=93237)


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