Windows 2003 Forest Trust between partner companies?
October 10, 2008 6:23 AM Subscribe
Idiot-Check Filter: I work for a company that is starting to explore a much closer relationship with one of its partners. Both of these companies are running Active Directory domains on Windows 2003 with Exchange 2007 for messaging. Does it make sense to create a Forest Trust between our two companies over a VPN?
posted by rocketpup to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Right now, some of our personnel need email addresses on their domain. We are currently granted web mail access to their Exchange 2007 server. It would be nice if we could simply allow their server to route these emails to the user's mailbox in our Exchange 2007 server. I'm a trust newbie, however, and don't even know if this is possible or recommended. I haven't found anything out there explaining how to do it. I do guess that reply-to addressing in Outlook/Entourage might be an intractable problem.
Eventually we also might want access to (some of) each other's network drives. Lack of this has already been a problem. This, I think, is fairly straightforward.
I understand that joining our two domains into a forest would probably grant us all too much access to each other's resources. But joining two one-domain forests into a forest trust should give us more granular control. Is this correct?