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Multiple Forest Considerations in Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003

Updated: April 8, 2004

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

The goal of this paper is to present an overview of the effort and infrastructure that might be required to enable varying levels of collaboration among multiple forests that have domain controllers that are running Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Server or Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 operating systems. This paper enumerates the scenarios in which a multiforest environment might be necessary or desirable and analyzes the consequences of such an environment on the total cost of ownership of the enterprise.

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Introduction (Multiple Forest Considerations in Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003)

Multiforest Deployments

Additional Costs of Deploying Multiple Forests

Additional Configuration for Functionality Across Forests (Multiple Forest Considerations in Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003)

Multiforest Feature Implementation and Cost Summary (Multiple Forest Considerations in Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003)

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