Domain restructuring (branch offices)

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by KShum, Jan 24, 2008.

  1. KShum

    KShum Guest

    I have one main and two branch offices. They all have their own 2003 AD
    domain. I want to do a restructuring that make the two branches offices under
    the main office's forest.

    I checked through many documentation and don't find a clue. The only
    possible way seems to be removing the existing domain of the branches office
    and then install a new domain under the main office's root.

    Am I right?
     
    KShum, Jan 24, 2008
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  2. KShum

    Marcin Guest

    If each of these domains is part of a different forest, then the recommended
    approach would be to use migration process i.e. you would create desired
    forest structure leveraging existing main office forest root domain (with
    two new branch office domains underneath) and migrate accounts from your
    "old" branch office domains to the "new" ones (before you remove them).

    hth
    Marcin
     
    Marcin, Jan 24, 2008
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  3. I would suggest migrating the branch offices to your domain as sites within
    your domain. This will be less admin overhead users can log in from any
    office using the same username and password.
    We have 50+ branch offices as sites within the corporate domain with users
    in each office with delegated permissions to perform certain account
    activities.

    hth
    DDS
     
    Danny Sanders, Jan 24, 2008
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  4. KShum

    Jorge Silva Guest

    Hi
    I also agree that migration would be the most acceptable way to go. Can you
    tell us why did you have 1 domain for each Site? Just curiosity, most people
    tend to create new domains for everything or by the wrong reasons...

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    I hope that the information above helps you.
    Have a Nice day.

    Jorge Silva
    MCSE, MVP Directory Services
     
    Jorge Silva, Jan 24, 2008
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    Ryan Hanisco Guest

    I also agree, doing an ADMT migration to consolidate would really be the best
    path here. This is also relatively safe as an inter-forest migration is a
    copy and not a move so there are plenty of opportunities to check the status
    and fix any issues.
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    Ryan Hanisco, Jan 25, 2008
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  6. KShum

    KShum Guest

    Because there was no network connections between the branch and main offices,
    not until now.
     
    KShum, Jan 25, 2008
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  7. KShum

    KShum Guest

    Thanks for your reply. I just want to ask if domain migration would affect
    the user profiles in the XP machines. I absolutely don't want to setup user
    profiles again.
     
    KShum, Jan 25, 2008
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  8. Danny Sanders, Jan 25, 2008
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  9. KShum

    Jorge Silva Guest

    Ok in that case you've several different forests.
    I maintain the recommendation of using ADMT to consolidate evrything in one
    forest.

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    I hope that the information above helps you.
    Have a Nice day.

    Jorge Silva
    MCSE, MVP Directory Services
     
    Jorge Silva, Jan 25, 2008
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  10. KShum

    KShum Guest

    I just want to ask some more advises:
    let's say my company is called abc. Nowadays, their domain are called
    abcgz.com (for China Guangzhou office), abchk.com (for Hong Kong office),
    abctw.com (for taiwan office).

    Is it ok to combine them under the same forest abcasia.com?

    Or I should make them as gz.abcasia.com, hk.abcasia and twabcasia.com?

    What's the difference?

    Thanks.
     
    KShum, Feb 12, 2008
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