Best way to rename domain controller

Posted on 2008-06-13
Last Modified: 2010-04-21
I have a pretty simply environment:  1 DC running server 2000, 1 DC running 2003, 1 Exchange 2003 member server, and another member server running 2000.
I want to rename by DC running 2003 - but since my forest functional level is not set to server 2003 I can't use the netdom tool.  
What would be the best way to do this?
Question by:kialn
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I think that the best way to do this is to make sure the forest and domain level are 2000 compatible. Make sure all the roles are on the DC 2000. Demote the Windows 2003 server. Rename the 2003 server. Promote the 2003 Server and if you want the roles to go back (it they were) move the roles back to the 2003 DC.

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These are 2 very different answers!  

I need more input to resolve.  Thanks again!
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No need to demote/promote servers - follow the guide at

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I'm going to do this today and I just want to make sure that renaming this DC won't affect my Exchange member server in any way.  I have a small environment, I imagine DNS should update pretty quick.  Anything I should be concerned about?
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It shouldn't - it may take a little while to re-sync everything

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Worked great, no problem!! Thanks so much.

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really appreciate the prompt replies

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