merging domains in same forest

I have a 2003 level forest. With 2 domains the first root domain and a second.

I would like to merge into one domain (THE SECOND DOMAIN) is this possible? if so is it possible at 2003 level or do i need to upgrade to 2008r2

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Mike KlineCommented:
You would have to migrate the objects from one domain into the other.  You can use a tool like ADMT or  third party migration tool.

Do both domains have active users/computers or is one of them an "empty root"


Andy De MaesschalckCommented:
As mkline71 said, you can use the Active Directory Administration Tool to migration your AD objects.

For more info on the ADMT:
Sajid Shaik MSr. System AdminCommented:
do u mean u have 2003 domain controller and additional domain controller... if yes simply remove the additional domain controller by dcpromo.exe in run...

and remove the DNS entries form th primery domain controller...and .. restart thr domain ...

if u wnat to force to a retired domain...the nsee the link...

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Just to add, you can retire the forest root domain. Since you use the word "second" it sounds like this is not the forest root domain.
..typo: you can't remove the forest root domain
Rbauckham69Author Commented:
sorry still unsure....
The root domain is empty execpt for 2 x DC's (Schema, Naming Master) the second domain is the working domain that has all users and objects.

My question was can i get rid of the root domain? By transferring the roles into the second domain?

No, you can't remove the forest root domain.

...However, you will never be able to fully retire such a domain, because it must play the role of forest root.

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You can however create a new forest and use ADMT to migrate.
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