Splitting Child forest from Main forest will that impact SharePoint 2013 or 2016 On-premises environment?

RajKumar 86 Reputation points

We have a scenario where existing child Forest users want to separate from the Main forest and have their own dedicated AD. The plan is to migrate all the objects from the main DC/DN to a dedicated domain/AD. Because these two companies have split.

The issue is that we have SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint 2016 on-premises environment. Because the DN will change and a dedicated AD, Do I need to re-configure User Profile sync?

If yes, will it impact all the permissions and workflows?

How can we make sure the account will still work as it is even after the split from main Forest?

Note: We will still carry SID history. Only Child Forest users have access to these two environments

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  1. Haoyan Xue_MSFT 19,481 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hi @RajKumar ,

    Thank you for posting in this community.

    If you are migrating child forest users to a dedicated AD, you need to reconfigure User Profile sync in SharePoint 2013 and 2016 on-premises environments. Changing the DN could impact permissions and workflows, so it's important to plan accordingly. However, if you carry SID history, This allows migrated accounts to access resources without interruption. The accounts should still work as they did before the split from the main forest.


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  1. RajKumar 86 Reputation points

    with the Intra Forest that we are planning, we got to know that we cannot carry SID history. and the other issue is that we are going to change the DN instead of using their old Parent one, now new segregated domain will have it's own proper DN.

    Which means I need to re-apply permissions after user profile sync across all the sites? @Haoyan Xue_MSFT