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Documenting the Forest Root Domain Name

Updated: March 28, 2003

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

Document the DNS prefix and suffix that you select for the forest root domain. At this point identify which domain will be the forest root. You can add the forest root domain name information to the worksheet that you created to document your plan for new and upgraded domains and your domain names.

For a worksheet to assist you in documenting the forest root domain name, see "Domain Planning" (DSSLOGI_5.doc) on the Windows Server 2003 Deployment Kit companion CD ( or see "Domain Planning" on the Web at

Example: Documenting the Forest Root Domain Name

Contoso Corporation decided to use a dedicated forest root domain for their Active Directory deployment. They selected the name for their forest. They will use their registered corporate name as the suffix for this domain and add the prefix corp to represent this domain specifically. The forest root domain name will therefore be They recorded this information in their Domain Planning worksheet so that the service administrators can reference it as needed when they deploy the forest root domain.

Figure 2.23 shows the worksheet in which the design team documented the forest root domain.

Figure 2.23   Example of a Domain Planning Worksheet That Includes Forest Root Domain Name Information

Worksheet with Forest Root Domain Name Information

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