What Is an RODC?

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

An RODC is an additional domain controller for a domain that hosts read-only partitions of the Active Directory database. An RODC is designed primarily to be deployed in a branch office environment. Branch offices typically have relatively few users, poor physical security, relatively poor network bandwidth to a hub site, and little local IT knowledge.

The following figure illustrates the RODC branch office environment.

In this guide

RODC Features

Windows Server 2008 Domain Controller Options That Are Not Supported on an RODC

Where can you use an RODC?