Do I have to re-build this 2003 Standard Server if I need to change the domain it was built with?

This new client, a veterinary hospital, already bought and built a server himself and has now called me in to help him with it. Silly humans. He created a .com domain for the Windows internal domain. In fact, he made it the exact same .com domain as his company's public website domain. I normally build servers with a .local internal domain for security and functional reasons. My gut is telling me I should simply re-build this server rather than try to re-create the domain it was built with. Anyone gone through this nightmare yet and have sound advice as to whether or not I can safely re-name the domain without having to ree-build the server? Thanks.
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
you can use the domain rename process in 2003 but i think it is much safer simply rebuilding the domain. just demote the domain and repromote with a different name - you wont lose too much config either
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
i only comment against the rename as there has been sooo many issues with it and it is almost just as quick to rebuild
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Netman66Commented:
No need to rebuild it.  

DCPROMO it into a workgroup and start over with the domain.

This will preserve any data and installed programs (other than Exchange) on it at the very least.

There really isn't anything technically wrong with using the public domain, it just makes configuring things a little more challenging - especially if they want to access the wesite from inside the office.  It can be done though.



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WineGeekAuthor Commented:
Yeah, this serve is brand new with no data n it and no apps running on it so re-building will be easy as it could be under the circumstances....
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
to easy then :)
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WineGeekAuthor Commented:
I'm re-building it. Thanks gang!
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
no worries
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Netman66Commented:
Sorry Jay...didn't intend to take anything away from you.  

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Jay_Jay70Commented:
no no your advice is always welcomed ESPECIALLY if i am missing something - I have been learning heaps from your posts and points mean squat anyway :)
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Netman66Commented:
Thanks!

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