Domain naming

I have a client that setup a 2003 Server.  They have 4 total computers.  The server is called testing.  The local domain name is grades.local.

Everyone is working except I'm trying to figure out where the local domain name came from.  When I look at properties it says the domain is grades.com.  When I logon from a workstation, the domain is listed as gradesbios.  I excpect to see grades or grades.local.

Any ideas after the server is setup how 2003 came up with gradesbios?  After doing an ipconfig /all you get grades.local....the full name is testing.grades.local.

Even when you add domain accounts to the local workstations, they appear as gradesbios\username.

Any suggestions are welcome!!!

Dale
dgore1Asked:
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Lee W, MVPConnect With a Mentor Technology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
If you want to change the name, I'd suggest the easiest thing to do is remove the domain (Run DCPROMO and remove the domain) and then run DCPROMO again and recreate it.  For a 4 system domain, this is probably easiest.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
A Windows Domain has two names - the DNS name (grades.local) and a NetBIOS (NT4 and earlier) domain name - which can be a maximum of (I believe 15 characters) and CAN be named something else (like in your case "GRADESBIOS".
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dgore1Author Commented:
I thought it might be the netbios name, but was confused as to where during the dcpromo this happens...been awhile since I set up a 2003 server from scratch....actuall DELL did it based upon some franchise company guidelines....If I remember correctly, the screen asks for a domain name and netbios name...generally people take the default which is auto filled in by the DCpromo wizard...they must of changed this themselves for some franchise reason...

Sound reasonable?  (they'd probably get kind of upset if I did a dcpromo, and changed the name...not to mention who knows what will happen with their propietary software...of course I didn't include this in the initial question.)

Dale
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Sounds logical to me.
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dgore1Author Commented:
Oh yea...I should be able to view the netbios name by doing a nbtstat -n for the local server and see if gradesbios shows up there...
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