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What is the best way of combining two companies with separate Win2k domains?

What is the best way of combining two companies separate Win2k domains (and hence separate forests)? Company X, which has a flat domain, has purchased Company Y, which also has a flat domain in a separate forest. All Company Y objects should be migrated to the domain. Is creating a child domain such as the best way forward?

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You could create a and then migrate the objects from the to the using ADMT. This would potentially produce the least amount of disruption. You would then also be able to fall back on the domain structure if something went wrong with the domain while you were performing the migration.

Of course, you should evaluate the need for the (or resulting at all). Is there a possibility that you could just move the objects into an OU instead? A lot of the times this is a possibility. Using OUs reduces the need for additional domain controllers and eases management of the entire structure.

This was first published in August 2002

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