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hi experts

At the moment we are standalone company. We have new servers and latests software.

Windows 2008R2
Exchange 2010
Office 2010
VMware Sphere 4
Number of users: around 250
doamin: ourdomain.local
Our mail server receives all emails for @ourdomain.com


Our Company have merged with another much bigger company with 2000 + users.We will still be in separate physical location however the requirement is that we have to be part of their network to access some of their resources, intranet, SAP etc. (they have lots of security policies) Basically we will be a new department within their big company however we will have new email domain ( @newdepartment.com) and they will have they existing email domain (@bigboys.com)

Since our department will have own email doamin, and be in different physical location We want to keep our current environment and still be part of their network.

Since they are so big you have to log IT ticket if you have IT problem, and we want to have our own team withing our department of 250 users.

What option /setup would you recommend to keep our servers in house and have some control over them and make the big boys happy with it ( i have a feeleing that they might want to take over everything and have control over it because of their polices and maybe we will have to log in to their domain to access their resorces)? how to justify the option /setup?

domain trust? joining our exchange to their exchange organization ?

Thanks a lot in advance
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Unfortunatley, you may have to face up to the fact you are going to get sucked in!  (2000 vs 250 - I think Custer's odds were better)

Think if it was the other way round.  Forget the merger for now.  You have two users in your network (out of 250) who refuse to follow you internet browsing policy, visit all the porn sites possible in thier lunch break, are forever contracting virus problems and even though they fix thier PCs themselves you have no control over what they do!

If you can persuade them to go down the Trusted Domains route it's the most likley route they copuld take...

Good luck!

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