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Connecting two Exchange servers

By shizmoney ·
Hi

My company just bought out another company. I want to setup a two way trust or add them as a child domain to our domain. The problem is I want them to keep there existing exchange server and there domain controller. I do however want them to see our exchange server and I want them to see our user's contact information (email address, phone#...) in Exchange when they lookup a user's email address. Any ideas?

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by BFilmFan In reply to Connecting two Exchange s ...

What version of Windows server OS is this?

What version of Exchange?

This could be very easy or this could be a massive nightmare.

The more details you can provide, the better an answer I can craft.

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to Connecting two Exchange s ...

It depends whether they are using Windows 2000 or 2003. In Win 2003 you can rename domains, on 2000 you cannot, you will have to demote the old domain and create a new child domain so that it is part of your FQDN tree. You will also have to install Exchange again on the new domain as well.

See http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/downloads/domainrename.mspx

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by matt In reply to

The other option is to use a directory sync of some sort. Are you just looking for a GAL synch? As a basic start you could just import the mailboxes as contacts so that they appear in the GAL... I wouldn't go down the route of re-naming domains and re-installing Exchange. That can cause a whole host of problems/headaches/late nights/and some other funky sh*t... Microsoft have tools that will enable you to "merge" the 2 domains such as Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT) and Exmerge, you could look at Quest Migration Manager as well. The Quest tools enable a co-existence whilst you are in the migration phase. The do require a lot of thought though before you can implement them.

If you can provde some more information about your environment I can help further...

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