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Using Windows 2003 active directory with multiple domains in seperate firests (using two-way trusts) is there any way I can create a group on one domain that includes users from another domain?

For example:

CENTRAL domain users:
CENTRAL\Alice
CENTRAL\Bob

BRANCH Domain Users:
BRANCH\Carol
BRANCH\dave

There is a two-way trust between BRANCH and CENTRAL, but they are not in the same forest.

Is there any way to make a group in the CENTRAL domain that includes all four users? When I tried this I found that the membership properties of the group only let me search for users in the CENTRAL domain.
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by:Glen Knight
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Are you running in native 2003 mode?
If so you should be able to use a universal group to achieve this?
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by:DrStalker
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I'm using windows 2003 as both the domain and forest functional level, for CENTRAL and BRANCH.  Even with a universal group there is no option in the GUI to add users from a domain other than CENTRAL, is there a special way to do this?  

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DrStalker earned 0 total points
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Figured it out - the group needs to be "domain local" which is somewhat counterintuitive. :-)
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by:Glen Knight
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Glad you got it sorted.
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by:Mike Kline
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Two acronyms you may hear with domain locals and what you are dealing with are UGLY and AGLP, I wrote about it here
http://adisfun.blogspot.com/2009/04/ugly-aglp-what-are-they.html
Thanks
Mike
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