I am currently managing computers distributed across 2 different AD domains. I shall call the 2 domains MEDIA and DATA. My workstation is a member of the MEDIA (192.168.10/24) domain, along with most of my coworkers.

The DATA domain is in a remote data center. I have a valid administrator account in both directories.

There is a VPN in place that gives me free access to the remote domain.

I am using Windows management console (MMC) to manage computers in my local domain (MEDIA - My question is this:

How is it possible to use the MMC from my workstation (on the MEDIA domain) to manage computers in the DATA domain?

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    Can you set up an account that has domain admin rights in both domains? If so, that's how. Run MMC under that user's context. Nov 21, 2014 at 14:36
  • @HopelessN00b Could you possibly elaborate on this? How can I configure that?
    – dlyk1988
    Nov 21, 2014 at 14:40
  • What type of "management" are you doing with MMC and would it be easier to just RDP to a machine in the other domain to do the management? I'm not questioning the value of your question but at the end of the day it might be simpler and faster to just RDP to a machine in the other domain to do whatever management you need to do.
    – joeqwerty
    Nov 21, 2014 at 14:44
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    @dsljanus I did a Q&A on creating cross-forest domain admins here... that's how I'd recommend configuring it. :) Nov 21, 2014 at 14:48
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    Well, if it's not gonna work for you, I'm not gonna submit it as an answer. Two other options I can think of are opening a connection to the other computer's IPC share, and then firing up MMC (net use \\computername\ipc$ /user:[domain]\[user with admin rights]) or doing the old local users with the same credentials trick - though, in this case, it might be easier to change the local admin on your one computer to match the user name and password on all the other computers, assuming it's set to something uniform in the other domain, of course. Nov 21, 2014 at 15:17

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This will open AD Users and Computers as a user on the remote domain.

Requires RSAT be installed.

From elevated CMD:

runas /netonly /user:REMOTEDOMAIN\REMOTEUSER "mmc dsa.msc /server=REMOTEDC"

Shamelessly stolen from: https://blog.ed.gs/2013/09/08/rsat-cross-domain/

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