Some question regarding the domain name of Windows 2003 Active Directory
Posted on 2004-11-07
Dear all experts,
Last Saturday, I've upgrade my Windows NT 4 domain to Windows 2003 active directory and it seems everythings work fine. However, I found that I did one thing wrong which is related to the internal domain name of my Active Directory.
My friend told me in order to create an active directory, the internal domain name should contains a word named "local", for example if the netbios domain name is "microsoft", the AD domain name should be microsoft.com.local. I miss a word "local". He told me by adding a word "local", it should prevent the conflict between internal domain name and external domain name.
Now, I've the following questions and hope all for the experts give me some advice:
- Should I use domain rename tools to rename my internal domain name?
- By using this tools, will it brings me another problem? It seems there will have a lot of changes on registery and DNS, I'm afraid it will bring me another problem.
- If I keep using the old internal domain name, will it bring me a big trouble? I'm going to install Exchange 2003 Server and ISA 2004 in this environment
Please give me some advice, thank you.