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synchronization of windows server accounts between different domains

If I have a Windows server domain - e.g. domain 1 and then I create another domain - domain 2 - and I have users with exactly the same name and password on both domains, is there any way I can have a user in domain 2 log in so that they have access to all the resources the same user name/password would have on domain 1 without using a trust between the two domain? I want them to access mail, folders, printing, etc just as if they had logged in with the same name password on domain 1?  Would I need net use commands and if so which ones?  If I can do this with different versions of Windows e.g. domain 1 - Windows 2000 and domain 2 Windows 2003, 2008 and 2003, NT4 and 2003, etc?  Specifically I would like to do this with Windows NT and Windows 2008 or Windows 2003. Again I want to know if this can be done without trusts.
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BLipman

8/22/2022 - Mon
Brian Pierce

No - if they are different domains then they are different domains - the fact that they may have the same name is irrelevant.
If you want to do this then you will need to use different domain names ans create trusts
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They will have different domain names - Domain 1 and 2 - it is the user name and password that remains the same. Can not users being logged into two domains simultaneously? I just want it so that when the user logs in to Domain 2 with a certain name/password I can map drive letters/printers  for them that are on Domain 1 so that their name and password don't have to be re-entered each time they access drive G for example which happens to be a drive they have permissions to on Domain 1.  I'm pretty sure I've seen this done. Maybe it was done with reconnect at logon?
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Would the person logging into domain 2 have to re-enter their passwords each time they use a network drive on the other domain?
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I notice this note on another post - https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/23390987/Printing-across-domains-without-trusts-in-place.html

The fellow in question says that he can print as administrator on a 2nd domain without a trust but not as a regular user.  

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"You can use the administrator account because that username exists on both computers/domains."

So my administrator account would be able to access both domains in my scenario because it's the same name/password on both domains but not my users who have the same name/password on both domains?
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Any comment on the link?

Jason Watkins

What is the aversion to creating a trust? Doing so, would make life much easier for what you are trying to accomplish.
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BLipman

So with Windows machines, if you have a local account on two servers with matching user names and passwords, you sign on as one and map to a share on the other, it should work.  Domain accounts don't work like this though.  You might be able to do this with ADFS (Federation Services) but I have never tried it, just read the marketing blips about it.  
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Firebar: Exploring all available options does not necessarily mean an aversion to any one option.


BLipman:

What about the comment about the administrator account earlier in the posts? Is that because it's a local account on both servers as well as a domain account?



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