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consolidating network, need guidance

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I currently am running a windows domain setup in a forest infrastructure. I have 1 parent and 2 child domains. This is overkill for this network and I want to consolidate it into one single domain, no children. Can anyone point me to tech note, instructions, personal experience on how to move/copy my active directory OUs (computers, users) and Group Policy settings from the child domains to the parent? I can then demote and remove the child domains from DNS. Is that possible?

My other question is related to the forest setup as well. I am currently running exchange 2000 on exchagne 2003 server in forest mode. I again, want to remove the child domains. Right now the exchange console is setup on a DC in each child domain. Do I just uninstall it from there or do I need to reconfigure exchange on the exchange server so it isn't in forest mode, or both? Will everything work properly if I move users and make this change to exchange? thanks for any advice.
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LauraEHunterMVP

8/22/2022 - Mon
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The only supported mechanism to consolidate your child domains (both AD and Exchange resources) into the parent domain is to perform an AD migration.  You can do so using ADMT, Microsoft's free migration tool, or you can pay for a third-party migration tool from the likes of Quest or NetPro.
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CCLCLS

Will the free ADMT tool work? It seems the 3rd party options are very expensive. What about the exchange portion of my question?
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