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2003 Domain Rename client issues.

Posted on 2007-04-04
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1 DC , DNS -  1 xp Client - 1 W2K Client (Both joined to the domain Fred.com)

I complete a domain rename to ethel.com and delete old DNS zone. Everything seems to be fine but the clients sill only have fred.com and localhost as their options to login.

When doing a domain rename on a 2003 server, how do you get the clients (XP, 2000) to change their domain logins?  Do I have to manually unjoin the domain and rejoin the new domain?
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did you reboot workstations yet?
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by:alexL3
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Yes...  I went through the steps and I rebooted/restarted the clients several times but nothing changes... I should add that I am using VMWARE to simulate this enviorment. I don't believe that shoud be an issue but just wanted to be clear on that.
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I personally believe VMware shouldn't matter, but there are rare cases now and then that VMware does cause weird issues.

reboot must be done when workstations have connection with DCs.

workstation's default behavior is to follow the new domain name automatically. Following is copied from the step-by-step guide.

      Conditions for Automatic Computer Name Change

      The primary DNS suffix, and therefore the full DNS name of a member computer in an Active Directory domain, changes when the domain is renamed if both of the following conditions are true:

          o Primary DNS suffix of the computer is configured to be updated when domain membership changes.
          o No Group Policy specifying a primary DNS suffix is applied to the member computer.
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