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Hello,

Right basically I have a Windows 2003 server Standard Edition running company.com as a domain controller, DNS, DHCP (192.168.0.X), SQL, Exchange 2003. I know SQL and exchange is not a good practise, but there we are.

So now, I'm getting another server today at the company.com location to set it up, once its setup it will be moved to its hotel. Now company.com is a name front of several hotels. What we aim to do is have hotel1.company.com, hotel2.company.com etc as child domains under company.com.

We plan to keep 3 servers in a datacentre with MPLS lines going to the hotels. What we intend to do is have 1 server as company.com and the other 2 will be the hotel software and database's.

Now we can also have companyhotels.com as a new domain leaving company.com isolated as the head quarters. But we dont want this, as company.com owns companyhotels.com and the hotels beneath them. e.g. hotel1.companyhotels.com etc.  

So were looking for a way to structure this appropriately.
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You can use domain trusts to introduce companyhotels.com as a second (and subsequent) domain trees inside your forest.  Then you can assign permissions as needed.

Can I recommend strongly that you have at least two domain controllers for each domain.  Because this means a lot of o/s instances, I would also recommend that you consider using virtual machines to represent your client domains, as the pricing structure is beneficial.

If you need customer isolation then this is the way to go.  If not, then you could administer all systems in a single domain.  Remember, this is the Active Directory domain and does not necessarily have to match your DNS registrations on the Internet.
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Are you trying to match your internet domain structure with your active directory structure?

How many Computers/Users would there be in each domain (at each hotel)?  Is IT supported by you centrally or does each hotel have its own IT dept.

Would a single active directory domain based on company.com be a better solution?

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No, i'm not trying to match the Internet domain structure with active directory. What I'm going to do is instead use my exisiting forest and make a new domain tree with a different name.

Do you think thats possible?

A single active direcory is what I want really.
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You can do this.  When you dcpromo you indicate that it is a new domain (not child) in the existing forest.
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As SteveH_UK says you can do what your asking.

However, I think you really need to be asking yourself if you really need that many domains. How bigs your organisation?

What are you trying to achieve by having all these domains?
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I agree.  It doesn't sound sensible to have this number of Active Directory domains.  One AD domain with appropriate OUs and security may be sufficient.
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Its a International Chain of Exclusive Hotels. I think I know how many domains I need.
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Fair enough.

Good luck.
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OK, but make sure you have two DCs per domain.  And a single forest will work.
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