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I know it is possible to host mutiple instances of CRM 3.0 on the same domain, but I would like to take my production database and redeploy for Dev, QA, training etc...  somehow to the SAME domain.  I know it would have to have different ORG name.  How could I accomplish this?  Can I change the Org name after redeployment?
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Hi,

Unfortunately, when doing a redeployment you need to keep the same name of the organisation.

You could virtualise the Dev, QA, Training environments.

You could have a virtual App server and virtual DB Server.  Backup your production databases then restore them to your virtual DB server.  You will not have to run the redeployment wizard because the GUID's in the database will be the same because they'll be on the same domain.  Install CRM onthe virtual App server and use the 'Point to existing databases' option and point to the databases on the virtual DB server.  You should create a different AD organisation unit so you don't get confused with the groups that are created.

I'm pretty sure this will work.  It's worth a crack anyway.  Let me know if you have any issues.

Cheers,
MH

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We are already running everthing virtual, but that's not important here.  What about Org Names. Can I temporarily disable the TEST?DEV environment, change the org name, and then re-enable it?
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What do you mean 'disable the test>dev environment'??
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I meant disable CRM on the Test Server.  I would have to disable it so I don't have two of the same Orgs on the same Domain.
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Hi,

Did you try what I suggested above??

MH
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Won't there be some type of confusion on the network?  Can two of the same org names exist on the network?
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Sorry I should have been more clear. I would also like to utilize the same Prod SQL server.  Obviously, the DB name is the ORG name.  That is where my problem exists.
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Ah...Yep that will be a problem.

I don't think this is possible without getting into the guts of the database sorry.

Why don't you setup just setup another test domain??

MH
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Would you suggest a sub-domain?
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Probably no need to get that technical if they'll be their own virtual machines but you could do...

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