The Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Branch Office Guide page begins with:
OverviewDeploying Active Directory services in a branch office environment requires additional configuration above and beyond a normal Active Directory deployment in order to meet the special requirements of the branch office scenario.
This guide is aimed at network managers, system integrators, and consultants involved in Active Directory branch office implementations, either in their own organizations or for client companies. By implementing the procedures in this document, you should be able to deploy and maintain Active Directory in a large branch office environment. For the purposes of this guide, a large branch office environment is considered to be a deployment where you have at least one data center that is attached to 100 or more branch offices.