I work for a company that has roughly 500 (expanding to over 1000 this year) computers out in the field. These computers are spread all through America, with 2 of them in Canada (noone bothers with those).
All of these computers have LogMeIn installed on them, and they've (until now) been managed via LogMeIn.
My company has a really bad case of "cloud-itis" wanting to put virtually everything into the cloud, even when it has no reason to be in the cloud. So my questions are as follows here:
Is there any way I can effectively manage / scale a large number of PC's running windows 7 without setting up a domain forest / remotely joining all of them (I'm not even sure that would be possible because the moment I joined to the VPN it would disconnect me...) all to the domain. Right now there is no group policy, no user tracking, no usage tracking, and now uptime reporting. All of these things present huge hurdles for my style of administration.
If I were to set up a domain forest, what would the best way to do that "in the cloud" be? Right now we run everything off Amazon EC2 instances, however wouldn't the secondary nameserver have to self reference since it was an online resource? I'm a little confused about how to set this up compared to a traditional domain cluster.
- The computers aren't on our networks, all of them are on customer networks
- I have none of the public IP's available so I'd have to run my domain controller in promiscuous mode.