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Add existing domain to an AD Forest

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We have domain 1 and domain 2, I want to move domain 1 into the AD Forest at domain 2.

What all needs to happen for this?  Move accounts and all that jazz?

I realize you probably need more info, please let me know what else would help.

Server 2008

Thank you!
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by:snusgubben
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You can't "move" domain 1 (forest root) to a new forest (domain 2's forest).

Though you can create a new domain in domain 2's forest and migrate domain 1 to the new domain using tools like ADMT.

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=8377
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by:Darius Ghassem
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Right you must move your current forest root into another forest root in a while different forest. You can't move your current forest root into another domain tree in the same forest
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by:cas_three
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Ok so create a new domain in domain 2's forest, the migrate then use admt to migrate all AD info to the new domain in the domain 2 forest?  Correct?

I was just reading up on ADMT and think interforest is the best option as opposed to intraforest.

Domain 1 and 2 can see each other right now, but we want domain 2 to house everything for content filtering issues.
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by:Mike Kline
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...or just migrate them directly into domain2 so that you don't have to deal with multiple domains anymore.

Thanks

Mike
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by:cas_three
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Unfortunately, for managability purposes, we would like to keep them as 2.  They are 2 different physical locations, servers, computers, users, gpo's in both locations.
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Mike Kline earned 668 total points
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You could still do that in one domain (use AD sites, put them in an OU and use GPOs for them)....but two will also work.  Just something to think about.

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Mike
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