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.com to a .local

I'm doing work on a very small network with a domain that was named whatever.com that should be a .local. Before I go installing ISA 2004 on the network I wanted to change the domain name to a .local. I know there are hundreds of threads on this topic, but i'm curious about this because it's such a small network with not much going on. I figured maybe it's best to change this now before things get complicated.

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Like you said, if your domain is not all that complex, it is better to rename it now... or rebuild it with the new name.  http://www.microsoft.com/technet/downloads/winsrvr/domainrename.mspx

However, the more complex your network becomes, the more difficult it is to rename...

I would add that you can have a ###.com name... this is legal... it just makes resolving to the outside company websites slightly more difficult because your internal DNS servers become authoritative for the domain name.  This means, you can't look to internet DNS servers to resolve names for your DNS domain.  But the work around for this is quite simple...just create records on your internal DNS server..
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