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Attaching remote site to existing internal Windows Server 2008 domain

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Greetings,  we have an existing internal domain and would like to attach the remote site to it.  Both sites house the same domain name-   abc.com.  Both locations are running Windows Server 2008 domain.  Can I add the same domain to an existing domain forest or is there an easier way to accomplish this?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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So are these completely separate domains both currently called abc.com?

If you have a remote site and want to add DCs there to the abc.com domain then that is possible but you can't "merge" two domains.

For that you would need to conduct a migration to collapse one domain into the other.  Microsoft makes Active Directory Migration Tool and there are also third party migration tools from companies like Quest.

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Yes, separate domains both called abc.com.

I would need to collapse one domain into the other, is there a better process?

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Thank you.  I will look at the link you had sent.  Unfortunately, the setup was set before my time.
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I will need to break one domain in order to add it to the main domain.  Is that correct for me to say?
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You need to migrate one domain into another.

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Is there a step by step process to perform the migration?  How will it affect the current computers that are on the domain?
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Hi,

first of all you need to identify what you want to migrate, if it's something that can be created and small in no. than probably you can simply recreate them.

Since both the domains are of same name you cannot migration one in to another you need to have a swing domain in between for example abc.com --migrated to --- efg.com ----migrated to original---abc.com

There is no step by step documents what you can use is ADMT 3.0 /3.1 tool to migrate. The documentation is pretty elaborate and explains how to migrate cross domains and forest.
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