Creating Trusts between Microsoft Forests

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I would like to know if this is possible between Windows Server 2003 and Windows SBS 2003. I want to create a trust to share resources between the two domains held by these servers. I will have Exchange Server on the SBS 2003 Server to handle all the POP3 email policies and settings. This will require two different naming conventions from two seprate domains held on alternate servers. I will also need access of shared files located on the two different servers allowing users to share data between them. Users will also need to access a single .NET database located on the SBS 2003 server through the Windows 2003 Server. One of these servers will also act as a web hosting server which will also need access to the db mentioned. Please contect me if further details are needed. Regards Rob
ASKED: August 30, 2005  8:15 AM
UPDATED: September 2, 2005  8:22 AM

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A – would appear you are consolidating two companies both with existing domains, which need to continue. We have domains not forrests, because a forrest is what you are talking about creating.
B – If we presume that both domains must continue as independents with shared resources, then you want a third server as master, and join each domain to that forrest. Then migrate the user containers to the master controller and assign permsission as needed.
C – or create ‘trusts’ between the two domains and assign users in one domain to a ‘group’ in the other. This will work as long as no user has an account on both servers. The administrator on one can be made a member of the adminstrator’s group on the other, but avoid dual accounts.
D – The corporate domain with subordinate companies has the advantage of a single active directory and easier user management. Much less likely to have leftover accounts when employees leave. The ‘trusts’ arrangement is easier on the front end but maintenance will cost more in time (which is money) in the long run.
Good Luck.

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  • Jpdavey
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/sbs/techinfo/overview/generalfaq.mspx Q. Can Windows Small Business Server 2003 be attached to a larger corporate network, effectively working as a branch office server? ? Windows Small Business Server 2003 cannot be used in a branch office scenario because it does not support Active Directory trusts and must be installed at the root of the forest. Q. What is Windows Server 2003 for Small Business Server? ? Windows Server 2003 for Small Business Server cannot trust any other domains. ? A Windows Server 2003 for Small Business Server domain cannot have any child domains.
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  • Reotts
    Hi Rob, Windows SBS 2003 does not have the ability to trust other domains. The feature is disabled.
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