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Setting up a new domain

We have a site in another country with a pretty poor IT setup and as a result we are going to ship them 'a network in a box'.  What I mean by that, is we will replace their current server which is a DC and runs Exchange 2007 with a fit for purpose server that will be a DC and run Exchange 2010.  This server will be setup as an entirely new domain and the old one retired as it never worked correctly.  Now, I know we have some work to do moving mailboxes, porting users to the new domain and all that good stuff what I have a specific question regarding the domain setup.  All our other sites are joined by MPLS and there is a possibility that this site will be joined in about a year or so.  What I want to avoid is having to undo everything in 12 months when we join them to the corporate network via MPLS.  It would be quite nice to be able to integrate them as much as possible, without having to start from scratch....again.  Just so we are clear, this new server will not be connected to the rest of the Domain for at least 12 months, so it will be functioning independently for now.  Any ideas guys?


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Darius GhassemCommented:
No ideas you must be able to contact the domain if you want to join your existing domain.

I think the only solutions you are going to have is to rebuild to connect to your current domain. Or create Forest trusts between  the two domains
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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
I don't see any issues having them join your forest at some point in the future.  
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icuadminAuthor Commented:
With that in mind paulmacd, is there anything I should bear in mind when setting up the new domain.  IP ranges, Domain name etc....?
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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
That depends on what you're doing in your forest.  IP ranges should be distinct so they don't overlap another domain, in case you want to set up sites in AD.  Ditto naming, depending on whether or not the domain will be called "domain.com" or "domain.forest.com".  

There's not much of a worst-case scenario here, since you can always just add trusts between the two domains if everything else goes to hell.  
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Darius GhassemCommented:
You would have to recreate the domain to join the forest. Or you would have to do a AD Migration into the forest.
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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
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icuadminAuthor Commented:
Great
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