Ad trusts and NT

We are running windows nt domain across the company, we have a sub office that up and till now has been limited to about 10 people so this has just been part of our domain, however this is set to change with an increase of 150+. with this chnage i am not happy about it being part of an nt domain, and we are not ready to upgrade the main domain to ad. Is it a bad idea to create an ad in this office and then setup trusts?
can i in the future merge the ad/rename it?

thanks
blackcsAsked:
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joedoe58Commented:
Hi,
Yes you can do that. You will have some tuff decisions to make regarding your domain naming. If you decide that all DC's will be part of the same domain, then there should be no problem starting your domain in a remote place and later migrate your main NT domain to AD. When you do the migration remember that you can import AD from CD instead of replicate it over a slow WAN link in Windows 2003
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blackcsAuthor Commented:
Thats good, i guess the problem i am going to create for the future the nt migration ie. my existing nt domain is abc if i create an ad of qwe then when it comes to the nt migration is it going to be a lot harder to migrate to a diff domain name, or have i got that wrong?


thanks
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blackcsAuthor Commented:
sorry in answer to your question i would say that in the future all the dc's would be in the same ad.
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joedoe58Commented:
Hi,
There are ways to change the domain name later even though that is not always so easy. It would be better to get started with a migration to the correct name from the start instead of going to a temporary name even though it is possible.
There is some good info in the following link http://www.petri.co.il/windows_2003_domain_rename.htm
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blackcsAuthor Commented:
ok thanks for the info. I dont have to have the same ad name as nt domain. is it easy to migrate nt domain to a diffrent ad name?

thanks
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