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What is the least painful way to change a network Domain?

Hi everyone,

I have a 2003 server with a netork domain that I need to change from lasa.com to lastagealliance.com.  I know I am going to have to demote the server then promote it again to the new domain.  Unless there is a easier way to do this.  But if not, then I would like to know if there is any certain way I should do this to make it easier for me when I am adding the workstations to the new domain.  If I am not mistaken when I add a workstation to the new domain I will get a new folder for that user on that workstation.  I would like to be able to transfer everything over from their old profile to the new.  Can this been done by just copying and pasting the user profile from the old to the new? Or is it more complicated then that?

I just want to make sure that I have everything ready before I start this fun project of mine.

Thanks
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Richard Comito
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
Hi GabicusC,

this link should provide you with some help at least,

http://www.petri.co.il/windows_2003_domain_rename.htm

got some basic steps and petri writes things nice and simply
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Richard ComitoDirector of ITAuthor Commented:
Thanks Jay-Jay70,

I read the artical and it looks like it can not rename the root domain which is what I would like to do.  So I guess I am stuck with demoteing and promoting my server.  How can I find out what I need to have ready and exactly how I need to demote the server that is using active directory then repromote it?

Rich
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
you can rename the domain! its just saying in 2000 you cant but 2003 has this built in :)
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Richard ComitoDirector of ITAuthor Commented:
Great I am going to be doing this tomorrow night.  I will let you know how it goes.

Thanks again for all your help.

Rich
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
no problem, good luck
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