Creating Trusts "the Account already Exists"

Posted on 2004-04-06
Last Modified: 2013-12-23
I am trying to set up a 2 way trust between a Nt4 domain and a win2k domain.

When i try to add the win2k domain to the trusting Domain on the NT4 domain i get the message that "the Account already Exists". this is the only section i have a problem with.

Any Ideas?
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MikeKane earned 500 total points
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Account created when a trust relationship is established between two domains. To implement the trust, an interdomain trust account is created in the directory db of the trustED domain. The account is created when the administrator of the trusted domain defines the trusting domain using the admin application User Manager for Domains. The account has the USER_INTERDOMAIN_TRUST_ACCOUNT bit set which identifies it as only used for trust relationships. The account is hidden and cannot be modified. The password and account is used when establishing a session with the trustING domain. The account is only viewable via registry on the PDC of the trustED domain: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SAM\SAM\Domains\Accounts\Users\Names\<trustEDdomainname>$.
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Usefull information but i don't think it solves my problem. I have no problem setting up the trusted domain entries on both the Win2k and NT4 domains. It is when i try to add the entry for trusting domains on the nt4 domain that i receive my error.

I also looked in the registry keys that you provided and i didn't have any entries deaper that \sam\sam
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Perhaps, then, a diagram showing the different domains and the trusts for those domains that you want to setup.  IT would also help me if you specified where trusts already exist and where new ones are to be created.


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OK here we go.

chc-nt (nt4 Domain) and    Commhealth (win2k Domain) They are both at the same physical location just in different domains.

I want to set up a 2 way trust between these to domains. Making chc-nt a trusted domain to the commhealth domain is working. it is when i try to make CHC-nt a trusting domain that i get the error.
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With trusts, I found that it's sometimes easier just to blow away the entire trust and recreate it.      With only 2 domains, that should be pretty easy.    

Here are the How-to's I'm sure you already know, but worth double checking:
Create a Two-Way Trust
To create a two-way trust between a Windows 2000 domain and the Windows NT 4.0 domain:
On the Windows 2000 domain controller (DC), click Start, point to Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Domains and Trusts. Right-click the appropriate domain name, click Properties, and then click the Trusts tab.
Under Domains that trust this domain, click Add.
In Trusting Domain, type NTDOMAIN, and then type a password. Note that the password must meet the minimum password requirements for the trusting domain.
On the Windows NT 4.0 primary DC (PDC), start User Manager For Domains. Open Policies, and then open Trust Relationships. Under Trusting Domain, click Add.
In Trusting Domain, type W2KDOMAIN, and then type the appropriate password.
On the Windows 2000-based computer, under Domains trusted by this domain on the Trust tab, click Add, type NTDOMAIN and the appropriate password. You should receive an informational message that states "The trusted domain has been added and the trust has been verified."
On the Windows NT 4.0 PDC, add the W2KDOMAIN domain as a trusted domain, and type the appropriate password. You should receive an informational message that states "Trust Relationship with W2KDOMAIN successfully established." The two-way trust has been established.


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by:Gareth Gudger
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Make sure you dont have a computer account already in Active Directory Users and Computers (2000) or Server Manager (NT) that matches the domain controller in the domain you are trying to trust.
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