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Create external trusts between two domains

How do I create external trusts between two domains? We need to setup a test environment at our vendor's site, which has two DCs with different domain names, like and There are some other servers in the environment that need to be shared.

On the DC, I added the DC's IP address and the domain name to the NIC properties. Also I added the DC name to the Domain Controller folder on the AD Users and Computers window. After these precedences, I was able to see the domain on the Domain and Trust window. I created a 2-way trust with the domain.

I tried to do the same thing on the DC, but I could not see the domain on the DC. What can I do to make this work?

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The steps that you describe of adding the DC's IP address to NIC properties and adding the DC to ADUC are not helpful in establishing a trust relationship. In order to establish a trust relationship between two separate forests, you need to ensure that you have proper DNS name resolution between the two forests - make sure that you can reach a remote domain controller by its IP address, FQDN, as well as by using its GUID. You also need to ensure that you have the appropriate network connectivity available by configuring your firewall or VPN as listed on  Microsoft's support site.

This was first published in December 2006

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