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MERGE TWO ACTIVE DIRECTORIES/

RECENTLY AQUIERED A COMPANY THAT IS A SIMILAR SIZE TO OUR OWN, IF YOU HAVE EXPERINCE IN MERGING TWO COMPANIES COULD YOU TELL ME WHAT YOU FOUND THE BEST METHOD TO BE?

JUST TRUSTING THE DOMIANS OF EACH COMPANY

IMPORTING USERS

OR JUST CREATING USERS AGAIN AND RE DOING THE PERMISSIONS.


BOTH COMPANIES ON WINDOWS AD
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NJComputerNetworksCommented:
It depends on your management strategy.  You could create a forest to forest trust.  In this way, you will be able to assign security and use accounts from both domains.  This is a nice method especially if there is a chance the two companies will seperate in the future.

If you want to consolidate domain to make administration easier and to set more company wide standards, you should consider a migration.  You could try to create accounts for the remote company in your local AD...however, if you have tons of users and computers, this might be an adminstrative nightmare.  If this is the case, there are utilities you can use to restructure or migrate domains.  This MS tool is called the ADMT:  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6f86937b-533a-466d-a8e8-aff85ad3d212&DisplayLang=en
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mhamerAuthor Commented:
thanks, im ok with ADMT,  as the full details havent been disscused yet  im just looking at what has worked best for other people.

the forest trust is nice i now remember doing that on a course :-)
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bilbusCommented:
Trust is the way to go, unless you like to work ALOT

Like NJ said it also makes it easy to leave the domain later
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