Active Directory Merge 2 "root domains" into new/one forest
Posted on 2005-05-03
Steps and assistance required
CompanyA buys CompanyB
CompanyA and CompanyB would like to intergrate their Active Directory structure into the same forest while keeping their original domains, no child domains but two "root domains" in a new forest.
They are both running Windows 2000 Server but are prepared to upgrade to 2003 if required
What steps are required?
What is the best way to achieve this keeping in mind that CompanyB is 2hours away so onsite support must be kept to a minimum.
Whats gotchas has anyone come across or things to be careful of during this merger
Time required to complete project where both companied have two DC's.
Links to knowledge base articles or step by step guides
Please can only people who have done this or have extensive experince in doing this reply.
I do not need to know how to use or implement trust relationships so don't bother telling me as that is not the question unless it is required to achieve my final goal.