Active Directory site with Child Domain

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Active Directory
Active Directory Deployment
Active Directory Users and Computers
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Windows Server Management
I have 3 AD servers, one forest, one tree, one site My main AD server holds all of the FSMO roles.Until now, there hasn't been a need to have any sort of sync or network connection between our office and any of our other offices. we've been asked to support their network, possibly long-term. They currently use OD, and I'm planning on migrating all of the users and computers into a new AD server, that I will be installing. Once we realize the benefits that this will provide us, I can see me being asked to do the same things to at least our other US offices.  Our current domain is city.company.com, though we've been slowly moving to just company.com. I think the most logical way to name the sites moving forward is city.company.com. Should I consider creating a parent child relationship, or just go with trusts?

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If you were to expand your domain by adding on more servers to host an expanded number of users, then you should also look at modifying your FMSO roles holders and plan your DNS server structure.

If you were to go with trusts, then you would not have to worry about these issues but you would have more domains to worry about and that can bring its own headaches. To be more specific, you can have issues in one domain that has nothing to do with the other. While this is great for segregation of issues, it also means less clues as to what is going on and more potential headaches.

I would say go with the parent-child structure as this makes for easier management in my opinion. You just need to also take a look at your DNS server layout and modify your FMSO roles servers cause now your main server will have more traffic

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