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Need to break off 2 DC's into its own forest - HELP!

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I have a Active Directory forest with one tree, and a single domain.

I have a remote office with two domain controllers for this domain.

This remote office is breaking away from my organization into its own company, and I need to figure out how to break them away.

My guess is that I will need to create a separate forest for these two domain controllers, and a new domain within that forest. Is that correct? If so, how do I go about doing this? Do I run dcpromo on one of the domain controllers in the remote office to create the new forest?

Any thoughts that anyone has will be highly appreciated. Thanks.
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jhautani earned 2000 total points
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You are right about having to create a new forest and domain as they will independent from the old organization.
I would consider doing the separation like following:
-demote one of the remote office DCs and drop it to a workgroup
-dcpromo it creating the new remote office forest and domain
-use ADMT to migrate remote office objects (users, computers etc) from old domain to new
-demote the second DC, move it to the new domain and promote it to DC
-clean the old domain from remote office's migrated objects

ADMT (Active Directory Migration Tool) can be downloaded here:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/downloads/tools/admt/default.asp

hope this helps
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by:RomualPiecyk
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Yes, this helps tremendously. THANK YOU!!!
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