Domain name change on a single server network

Posted on 2004-11-12
Last Modified: 2011-08-18
I have a newly setup windows 2003 STD server. When the domain was created it was not names domain.local it was named The server domain is now conflicting with an website of the same name. Is it possible to change the domain name of the server (it is the only server in the network) to domain.local without loosing all my user information and what is the best way to accomplish this
Thanks in advance
Question by:nick3rd
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    You can rename a 2003 server domain. Here is the following information:

    Author Comment

    based on what I read on the domainrename you cannot change the root of the Forest I will have to test another server before I try on the live box

    Expert Comment

    I would agree that the DOMREN is not a good way to go with a live network.  We are facing a similar issue where our 3 year old AD network has to get renamed due to having a single lable root domain.  We decided strongly against the rename due to all the issues and the size of our network (i.e. a single forest but 4 child domains that hold about 100,000 users and some 65,000 workstations).

    Instead we are going with a AD migration to a new AD forest properly named using Quest's Migration Manager for AD

    It costs a little, but for something so serious as moving an existing domain (of any size, IMO), you need to invest in your success.

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