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Renaming "domain" (SLD) to "domain.local" question [message #163693] Thu, 04 June 2009 21:53
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Background/Infrastructure:
-have a domain that was originally Windows 2000 AD which was recently
migrated to Windows 2008 AD
-two 2008 servers (one is DC, other is member server)
-Server1 is hosting AD (Domain Controller, DNS, WINS, DHCP), SQL Server 2000
and 2005, BackupExec 12.5d and Symantec Endpoint 11 (Managed Antivirus)
-Server2 will eventually host Exchange 2007 (this month) and BES (in the
fall)
-Workstations are mix of 2000, XP, Vista (and some Mac OSX 10.5.x too)

Issue:
-during first attempt to install Exchange 2007 on the member server
(Server2) it was discovered the domain was an SLD (Single Level Domain),
which exchange doesn't appreciate
--there is NO existing exchange installed yet so I'd prefer to fix this now
--the domain name is "ABC" instead of the recommended "ABC.local" (for
example)

Questions:
A-since the netbios name will not change and there is only the single DC, do
I need to modify any transitive trusts or the like? (it's been a while
since I've had to know these things)

B-has anyone else had success with a rename like this one?

C-would I be safer to do this in two stages like: ABC renamed to xyz.local,
then renamed to ABC.local?

I'm just worried that if the change is "too similar" it might cause it to
glitch and then I'll have to do an AD restore and try again.

Based on the info from this post below (and this:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc794869(WS.10).aspx) I think I
can pull this off with minimal issue:
[post]
From: Marc Morales
Newsgroups: microsoft.public.windows.server.active_directory
Subject: Active Directory Domain Rename - Not Difficult At All
Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2007 00:44:38 -0000

Incidentally, I could not figure out how to extract a link for the posting
above, can this be done OE6?
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