Where are the tools to rename a domain?  Docs say \VALUEADD\MSFT\MGMT\DOMREN

Posted on 2006-05-25
Last Modified: 2010-07-27
I'm trying to rename a 2003 AD domain.  It's trivial enough that I could rebuild the domain with a new name it but I'm trying to learn about this new 2003 feature.

This page
has links to describe how to do the rename.  One of those docs say that the tools are on the Server CD in the directory \VALUEADD\MSFT\MGMT\DOMREN.  They say to use this command:
copy M:\valueadd\msft\mgmt\domren\*.* X:\domren

I've got the MSDN CDs (as an MSDN subscriber) but checked several CDs and can't find the directory being referred to.

Where is this?  Is it in CAB file?  If so which one?  There are three tools that I need to rename a 2003 AD DOMAIN.
Are these tools not on the MSDN subscriber CDs?  

Question by:steranka
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    Assisted Solution

    Why didn't you just click on the download of the tool on the righthand side of the link you provided?

    I was told by Microsoft, on the phone, that the tool should work in most cases.

    The case I was in just happened to require a complete strip down to non domain controller status [take PDC all the way back to beginning and then remove that role].

    Then rename it and add the role for the PDC.

    A really lengthy process, and, you lose all of your settings.

    All that for what can be done in Linux with a single configuration line.


    Author Comment

    I downloaded the domainrename.exe file, but after installing this I still don't see some of the tools that the "Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename" refer to (like gpfixup).

    I'm also wondering where the tools are on the CDs?  
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    Accepted Solution

    I do not believe the tools are on the MSDN CD's.  They are the Valueadded part of the retail/oem cd's
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    Assisted Solution

    I dont have any advice to give, but just to verify, I do have the VALUEADD folder on my eOpen and Select discs for 2003.  Inside that DOMREN folder, it lists gpfixup.exe and rendom.exe with a word document.  So they are on the discs.

    Author Comment

    My bad.  I think the official term is Doh!

    For some reason, I thought the download was just the domren.exe program (with a different name).  I tried opening it up on a Win2000 box and it said that it could not be run (something about the OS wasn't right), so I concluded (incorrectly) that this EXE was only the domren.exe program.
    After GenErics comment, I figured I should try it on the 2003 box, so I did.
    When I ran it (RenameDomain.exe) on a Win2003 box, an "install wizard" started and installed the two files needed in the directory C:\Program Files\Microsoft Domain Rename Tools.  The two files needed were: rendom.exe and gpfixup.exe.

    Thanks to everyone for the help.  GinEric for stating the obvious (but what I missed, and hence the Doh!).
    Thanks to "louy3" for saying these are not part of the MSDN CDs, and "rmurdockfed" for verifying that they were found on his CDs.
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    Expert Comment

    Thanks steranka

    The message about "you're using the wrong operating system" is common.  What it should say is "the programming team that wrote the installer missed the check version for x64 systems using release 2."  Of course it will install and run, but there is probably one line of code in the installer that prevents it because it does not recognise XP x64 as XP.

    Silly, isn't it?

    Told Microsoft about that one too, it should be fixed shortly.

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