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Here are the design considerations when evaluating a Preferred Bridgehead Server for multi-site deployments of Active Directory:

  • It is best practice to have more than one bridgehead server per site.
  • But if you want to “control” or “manage” site-to-site-replication, you must only choose one preferred bridgehead server.
  • If replication fails in a 3+ site environment, and there are preferred bridgehead servers, change the bridgehead server. Non-fully IP Routable networks may require another (non problem) site to replicate to and the failed PBHS may reside there
  • To avoid single point of failure with PBHS, you need to either have multiple PBHS at each site, or NONE – but this will reduce management.
  • If poor performance on a DC (which is also an app server) make another DC the PBHS, typically the RRAS DC if there is one.
  • Use PBHS for controlling replication traffic, not GC
  • PBHS can be configured for IP and/or SMTP (seperately)
  • Use IP by default, SMTP for unreliable connections
  • SMTP requires a Enterprise Certificate Authority (ECA)

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