How to – AD Forest/Domain Trust with a Single Label Domain (SLD)

Recently I was involved on for an AD integration with our company and a another acquired company. I discovered that the new company was using a Single Label Active Directory Domain and this make things more difficult :-)

If you are asking what is a SLD… check this:

An Active Directory domain name that contains one or more labels separated by a dot is referred to as a fully qualified domain name with two or more names and it will be referred as FQDN in this document. In contrast there is the concept of single-label domain (SLD), which refers to Active Directory domain names with only one label

The first step for setting up an AD trust is to configure conditional forwarder in DNS on both AD.
This worked as usual and I could resolve servers in both domain.

Second step was to set up the trust… and I immediately received an error. The source DC didn’t know how to find the SLD domain. To solve that problem you need to create a GPO enabling this setting:

“Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Net Logon\DC Locator DNS Records\Location of the DCs hosting a domain with single label DNS name”

This GPO should be deployed to all DCs and Servers that need to use the trust.

If you have some service that have some authentication issue within the AD trust, check is the SLD DCs are discoverable and reachable:

nltest /dsgetdc:SLDdomain

3 thoughts on “How to – AD Forest/Domain Trust with a Single Label Domain (SLD)

  1. curropar says:


    This is exactly my problem; however, the support article you’ve referenced says “Note These policies are supported only on Windows Server 2003-based computers and on Windows XP-based computers”, while my domain has:
    DCs: Windows Server 2012 R2
    Forest and Domain Functional Levels: 2012 R2
    Member servers: from 2000 (yes, I know…) to 2012 R2.
    Clients: Windows 7 and Windows 10.

    The foreign domain has 2003 functional level.

    Any guess??

    • LS says:

      Also my forest and domain was 2008 mode with servers from 2003 to 2008 and w7 clients. It’s worked for me without problems until the migration end.

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