Imagine you work for Quality Corporation (Quality.ad) who has just recently bought Crescent Inc. (Crescent.as) in a recent merger. Quality and Crescent have separate offices in St. Louis (Quality HQ), Little Rock, and Austin (Crescent HQ). Crescent also has offices in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Santa Fe. The desire is to establish trusts between the two AD forests and consolidate core services (DNS, DHCP, etc). as soon as possible. Both companies are running Server 2012 as Domain Controllers. Their primary DNS, DHCP, and Domain Controller servers are in the two corporate headquarters with secondary servers located in the other cities to reduce latency.
For the Quality.ad domain, the Flexible Single Master Operation (FMSO) roles are located on the Server01 which is located at the Quality HQ. For the Crescent.as domain, the FSMO roles are located on RWDC01, which is located at the Crescent HQ. In addition, the Quality.ad domain has several servers configured as a Certificate Authority, and the Crescent.ad domain has a single Certificate Authority.
During this acquisition, you will need to consider the following:
The Crescent Inc. has developed several enhancements for the widgets that your company produces. The engineering documents are installed on the ServerDocs located at the Austin office. You will need to configure the necessary systems so that the engineers from Quality Corporation can access these documents. Since these documents are considered proprietary and highly confidential, you must ensure that no other users except the two engineering teams can access these documents and that the documents stay within the company.
For both organizations, all the user IDs and digital certificates from the other organization must be recognized.
Write a 6 page paper in which you:
- Explain the key considerations behind establishing trust relationships between the two domains.
- Suggest a method for consolidating core network services.
- Provide a plan for integrating both AD forests eliminating duplication of service wherever possible.
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