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Win2003 change domain name.

Hi All,

Now, I use win2003 for Primary DC and another DC use win2000. I also have exchange2000. Example my domain is test.local

My questions are

1. How can I change domain name test.local to new.local?

2. If I change domain test.local to new.local. Will I have any problem with my change domain name?

3. Is it have any effect with my exchange server?

Best Regards,
Kongsit C.Pornchai
3 Solutions
For Windows 2003 Microsoft created Domain Rename Tool. Following page has lot of information about changing the name of the domain:
--> http://www.petri.co.il/windows_2003_domain_rename.htm

You can find Domain Rename Tool here:
--> http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/downloads/domainrename.mspx

As for Exchange, make sure you read these articles:

Supplemental steps for using the Exchange Server Domain Rename Fixup tool together with the Windows Server 2003 domain rename tools
--> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;842116

Exchange System Attendant does not start after you rename a Windows Server 2003 domain
--> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;822590
If you can avoid doing the domain rename procedure or you're able to reinstall the domain controller and exchange do that then.  Otherwise it will be a great headache for you. I perosanlly feel it is easier to reinstall.

I did it with my coleague and it took us about 2 days to complete and iron out ALL the problems that occured after the rename (DNS, security policies, clusters, apps and other random things).  I was reading all the documentation for 2-3 days prior to rename and still problems were inevitable.  Well we did finish it and everything is fine now however if you don't know your way around AD, DNS etc then you might screw up everything beyond recovery.

NOTE: Make full backups of all servers before proceeding with anything.

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