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Change Domain Name on W2k3 Server Network and Migrate AD to new W2k8 Server Environment

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I have a W2k3 network of around 38 servers spanning different geographical sites.
The company is changing its name and wants it's domain name to reflect that. They are also reducing the size of the company and reducing the 38 server sites to 14. They want to change from a W2k3 environment to Windows 2008 Server environment.

Please answer the following:
- Is it worth chaning the domain name, and if so how can it be done
- When replacing the older W2k3 server with W2k8 servers, what is the best way to get the AD information migrated?
- Is there any other advice you could offer that I should take into consideration?
- Servers currently running SQL 2005, Exhange 2003 Server (going to Exchange 2007 server), Sharepoint 2003 server going to Sharepoint 2007 server, Sophos Antivirus and Arcserv Backup. Clients are running XP SP2. Site links are at 512k/512k.
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Malli Boppe earned 1500 total points
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I don't think its worth changing the domain name.Its only for internal use.I am sure you would have registerd new domain name for you public website.
If you still want to change you can use domain rename tool
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Domain-Rename.html

Once you made a decision on domain rename.You can just add windows 2008 server a domain contoller
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Windows_Server_2008/Q_23582347.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+2003+2008+from+migrat+window
Once you joined added windows 2008 server as DC the AD would be replicated automatically.

I would wait atleast for another 6 months before deploying win2k8 on production system.Wait till service pack 1.Play with it in the test lab.
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