windows sbs changing local to com

I have a server that is the main domain controller that has exchange on it. i didn't realize it but it has .local set up versus .com for the domain name. I believe that since the company owns a .com for a website that they have hosted else where that it wouldnt be a problem.

Right now the users email addresses are listed as clemon@companyname.local. This is due to the fact that the server is listed as companyname.local how can this be changed without having to reinstall everything on the server?

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Jay_Jay70Commented:
no your domain is setup correctly, you should use .local for internal whether or not you have a registered name, however, the email addresses should be alias@companyname.com

and you would have to start again unless you want to go through the whole 2003 domain name change that with exchange on the box i wouldnt even attempt!
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bman9111Author Commented:
which is better to use .local or .com.

I am assuming I use companyname.com since we do have a registered name.

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bman9111Author Commented:
ok, but I changed it to .com already. Will this be a problem?

I kinda of wanted everything set to what I am use to which is .com.

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bman9111Author Commented:
is this bad? should I redo everything to say .local. I really didn't want to reinstall everything again

I am just use of seeing .com instead of .local so this is what I did.

This is only the domain controller and exchange host.

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Jay_Jay70Commented:
i thought you said that currently it is .local? maybe i misunderstood, .com is ok, you might have DNS issues though later on
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bman9111Author Commented:
I did but I changed it by reinstalling.

What dns issues might I have?

right now I just have a dns ip that our isp gave us.

Should I reinstall everything to make it a .local or am I fine.

I don't want this to be a problem once I release this server.
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
personally i would change to .local and roll it out, that way you are guarranteed to not have issues. Its much more secure and seperates ur registered name from your business name....quick summary in here

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sbs/2003/plan/gsg/appx_b.mspx

scroll to local domain Vs Internet Domain
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bman9111Author Commented:
keep in mind that the .com address we have is only a website that we have hosted outside the company.

Should that still be an issue?
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bman9111Author Commented:
all I will be hosting is our exchange outlook.

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bman9111Author Commented:
am i still ok???

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bman9111Author Commented:
if im not ok how would i go about changing it without doing the whole os. Please explain step by step here.


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bman9111Author Commented:
the only problem i see right now is that I cannot type in the www.companyname.com on the server. I have not tried it on the clients pc to see if it doesn;t work.

we host www.companyname.com outside the location.


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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
bman9111... normally, I'd move this to the SBS Small Business Server Topic  Area, but it's fairly well progressed at this point...

Your internal domain name has NOTHING to do with your public, Internet domain... So you don't have to worry about them even being close to eachother... in fact, it's better, in my opinion, if they aren't.  Using a .local TLD is more secure and much easier to manage... Plus, you are far better off deploying SBS in the way it was designed than trying to customize it before you even get it going.

You'll find an overview of this here:  http://sbsurl.com/net101

Jeff
TechSoEasy

In the future, though, please post all SBS related questions to the SBS TA so that you'll get responses from those folks who understand the unique nature of SBS.
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