In this playbook, the first phase is Establish Initial Network Connectivity. The goal is to connect the networks in a secure manner that facilitates data exchange. At the end of the phase, the networks should be connected with active directory trusts in place.
There are a lot of assumptions here:
- The deal is close to complete
- The parties are friendly
- The acquisition is the complete company (not parts or a division)
- Only one or two domains
If the assumptions are incorrect, then the playbook needs to be adjusted. Obviously, in many cases, the companies need to keep an arms length arrangement until the deal is closed. In that case, most of these activities would occur around Day 1.