Need to rename an AD domain! Help!

Posted on 2008-11-19
Last Modified: 2013-12-24
We own a domain name, I set up an AD domain as Naturally, I've ran into the various security concerns that come from that! I need to rename my already established domain to aaaaa.local. How can i do this?
Question by:jmicorp
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    This is not possible. You have to demote the server and then promote it to the new domain! Sorry...

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    by:Darius Ghassem
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    You CAN rename a domain - but its not without risk ans should not be necessary - its perfectly acceptable to have your domain named as it is providing you do not expose your internal DNS servers to the internet
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    by:Darius Ghassem
    I have to agree with KCTS having the internal domain the same as your external domain name doesn't really have big security risk if you keep the internal DNS servers not exposed to the internet. The internal DNS and the external domain don't even though the other exists.
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    The only issues are trying to reach some servers/ machines using full names, since they may be trying to resolve externally vs. internally

    Some minor changes in the Local DNS can usually fix this.

    I hope this helps !

    Author Comment

    I ended up just rebuilding the domain. I had always heard this was a nail biter of a procedure, but had began hearing suggestions otherwise. Thanks for your input.

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