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New Forest Name and New Domain name cannot be different...

I am creating a brand new domain in a new forest. Nowdays, it is recommended that domain name "ad1.DOMAIN.COM." OK, but how?
Do I specify that in "root domain name" when I choose "Add a new forest"?

Then when I add a new tree in this forest, then Forest Name will be ad1.DOMAIN.COM or DOMAIN.COM?

Last question: Does that matter, as long as I put ad2.DOMAIN.NAME as New Domain Name when I add the second tree?
It just sound funny that the forest name becomes "ad1.DOMAIN.COM."
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Member_2_7970390Author Commented:
Learnctx,
The article does not answer my question. I've heard that MS recommends that you have DOMAIN.COM forest separately on a DC, then underneath is ad1.DOMAIN.COM and ad2.DOMAIN.com on other DCs. Only the huge corporations can do this, and I don't have a Server license just to establish DOMAIN.COM above adx.DOMAIN.COM.

So how the small/midium size companies do, if you want to follow adx.DOMAIN.COM naming convention?
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LearnctxEngineerCommented:
OK I understand, it wasn't clear in your original post.

Yes, Microsoft would recommend that you have a parent administrative domain and a child domain underneath this. This is not a requirement though and is the centre of many debates on the pro's and con's of doing this. But you do not need to create domain.com to create ad1.domain.com. You can create your forest directly as ad1.domain.com if you cannot afford a server and license for the parent domain.

For best practice you would want at least 2 domain controllers in your domain. This is to give you redundancy in the even of a domain controller failing or a good backup and recovery process.
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Member_2_7970390Author Commented:
No it is not a requirement, and it better not (to have DOMAIN.COM forest)!!!
So I guess the forest name (is there such a thing?) will be ad1.DOMAIN.COM, and that's what I need to specify when I create another tree ad2.DOMAIN.COM.

Thanks!
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LearnctxEngineerCommented:
Yes correct.
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