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SBS 2003 identity change

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I have an SBS 2003 network that has been running for quite some time.  My company is going to change it's name to something new.  I have read about Microsoft's domain rename tool, but have heard you can't use it with SBS 2003.  I really don't want to have to reinstall the SBS server.  I will need to change my email domain names and external domain name.  Are there any options for me to look into to change my company's identity?
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The only option is to rebuild the server and a new domain.
While there is a rename tool for the full product, the consensus in the Exchange community is don't use it when Exchange is involved as it usually screws up Exchange totally.

To change the domain name you would have to extract all content from Exchange using exmerge and store that content elsewhere. Then once the server has been rebuilt, import the content again.

Simon.

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I don't really think a split is appropriate here.  Sembee seems to have misunderstood the question because the asker never stated that he wanted to change the Active Directory Domain Name, but rather he said, "I will need to change my email domain names and external domain name."  This wouldn't require a reinstall at all.

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I have to disagree.
The original question referred to the domain rename tool. That has nothing to do with SMTP domains, but Windows domains.

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Well then it was the asker that was confused and it was up to us to correct his confusion.  He only mentioned it because he read about it... that wasn't at all what his question was ultimately about.
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My company name was changing so I needed to find a way to switch everything to the new name.  I only ended up switching the smtp domain name and external DNS since I could not use the domain rename tool with SBS 2003 and did not want to reinstall.  I am sorry for my confusion in how I asked the question.  Both of you were actually very helpful and it is much appreciated.  I did not realize that I had left the question open and I'll make sure I close them in the future.

Thanks,
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Feel free to close this one now in the manner in which you prefer... the Cleanup recommendation is only there if you failed to respond.

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Thanks for the help.  Sorry I didn't close this out already.  Sembee's info was helpful, but I actually used your solution.
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