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Registering Domain Names

When I set up my Server I gave my domain a name, let's say it's called MyDomain.com. Now I would like to register my domain name but I discovered that MyDomain.com is already in use. Supposing I don't wish to buy this name, does this mean I cannot register a domain name I can use on my LAN because I am stuck with the one I gave? I appreciate I should have throught about naming my domain before setting up my server.

Peter
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
your AD domain name can be what you like :) mines petelan.com the domain name you buy can be totally different mines www.petenetlive.com

the domain name you register just needs to point to the IP address of your web server, or to your public address (then you need to forward web traffic to your internal IP address)
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Peter_FabriAuthor Commented:
Hi Pete,

So if I registered my domain name as peter.com then I could use my e-mail exchange server to send and receive e-mail?
Currently I can send e-mail on my lan using the username.MyDomain.com structure.

Peter
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MazaraatCommented:
If you have windows 2003 server you can change the AD namewith the rename tool to match the one you buy.  For segrating(sp) AD from the outside I usually use an internal AD setup like mydomain.local for internal use, then configure the Exchange recipients for the mydomain.com.  But like Pete said above your internal domain can be whatever you want, and have your Exchange configured in the recipients for the actual mydomain.com
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Peter_FabriAuthor Commented:
How do I configure my Exchange? Do I simply change each users e-mail address to be the structure of my registered domain name?

Peter
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MazaraatCommented:
Exchange:

you go to the Exchange System Mananger
expand the Recipients container
select recipients policy
double click the default policy on the right side
select Email Addresses Tab
Click new, and create a new smtp email default like this=  @mydomain.com (which represents your domain you purchased)
Then click set as primary

Then double check a user to verify they are automatically updated by the recipients policy:

AD users and computers
go to the properites window for a user
on the Email Addresses tab verify at the bottom the check box it checked for automatically updating from recipients policy

Enjoy =)

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Peter_FabriAuthor Commented:
So if I do as specified above, then I won't need to use e-mail forwarding?

Peter
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
correct - as long an the MX precord for yourdomain.com points to your mail server it doesnt really matter what your AD domain namespace is, at work my domain is called tees-health and my mail addresses are name@middlesbroughpct.nhs.uk
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MazaraatCommented:
Go to sleep your up late petelong =)
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
LOL - was sat up watchin telly :)

Thanks Peter :)
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