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Administering Domain and Forest Trusts

Updated: March 2, 2005

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

This guide provides administrators with step-by-step instructions for managing and securing Windows Server 2003 domain and forest trusts. The way that you create or configure trusts plays an important role in operating and securing your network infrastructure. How you create or configure domain and forest trusts in Windows Server 2003 also determines how far network communications extend within a forest or across forests.

You cannot install Active Directory on a server running Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, but you can join the server to an Active Directory domain as a member server. For more information about Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, see Overview of Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, on the Microsoft Web site (

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Produced by: Microsoft Windows Server Security and Directory Services User Assistance team

Project Writer: Nick Pierson

Project Editor: Jim Becker

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