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User Accounts not working after Domain Rename

Posted on 2007-07-30
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Last Modified: 2013-11-25
I've done two dry runs in a lab environment of a Domain Rename operation and both attempts have resulted in a problem with the Active Directory users still being assigned to the previous domain under their account properties page (User Logon Name: user01@OLDDOMAIN.com). I did not receive any errors during the operation.

There is a drop down box that will allow me to change the account to the new domain, but this is a very inconvenient option for a domain of several hundred users.

I have been testing this process on a 180-day evaluation version of Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition. I have been using a Microsoft walkthrough for the process, "Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename", though I can see from the cover page that the guide has not been updated since August 2004. This is the best documentation I could find regarding the process.

Are there any substantial changes to the process since mid-2004 that would affect Active Directory users this way?
Are there any additional steps that could be taken to prevent this problem from occurring on further tests?
Is there a link to updated documentation for the Domain Rename operation?
Question by:olsinc

Accepted Solution

banks1850 earned 500 total points
ID: 19594511
I haven't seen anything newer (take that for what it's worth), but it would be pretty easy to pipe a dsquery result (I.E. search for the old domain name) into a dsmod statement.  That would change all users with the "old" domain name to the new domain name.  here is a great dsmod example site.  http://veroblog.wordpress.com/2007/01/01/using-dsmod-to-update-many-active-directory-objects-at-once/

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ID: 19594821
I've never used dsquery or dsmod before, but it looks really straight forward. Shouldn't have any problems with making the command. Good link too, very thorough article.


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