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Problems managing domain controllers in two locations

We have two domain controllers at two different sites in India and the U.S. Some of the Windows XP and Windows 2000 clients in the U.S. are using the India domain controller as their logon server. This is causing the logon to be very slow. How can we solve this issue?
Active Directory clients are site-aware, which means that they will attempt to contact a domain controller in the same site before attempting to authenticate across a WAN link. Be certain that you've correctly configured your sites, subnets and site links in Active Directory Sites and Subnets, since this is the information that your clients will rely on to select an appropriate logon server. See the following link for more information: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/technologies/directory/activedirectory/stepbystep/adsrv.mspx.
This was first published in July 2005

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