Overview of Restructuring Active Directory Domains Between Forests

Updated: September 29, 2013

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

Applies to: Active Directory Migration Tool 3.2 (ADMT 3.2)

When you restructure domains between forests, you can reduce the number of domains in your organization, which helps to reduce the administrative complexity and associated overhead costs of your Active Directory environment. Restructuring domains involves copying accounts and resources from a source domain to a target domain in a different Active Directory forest. The source and target domains must be at least at a Windows Server 2003 functional level.

If your organization has recently merged with another organization or information technology (IT) infrastructure, you can restructure domains to consolidate accounts and resources between the two infrastructures.

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