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sbs 2008 R2 internal and external domain reset

What's the basic way to invoke a clean recreation of the internal network (as installed with small business server 2008 R2), but also combine this with the Active Directory setup (installing role and using dcpromo) in order to declare the domain name of this server?

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Glen KnightCommented:
You cannot rename the domain/servername of an SBS Server without doing a complete rebuild.

What are you trying to do?
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Darius GhassemCommented:
Can you explain in a little more detail? Like demazter said you can't rename your SBS domain.
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JeReLoAuthor Commented:
What I was trying to do, was to set up SBS for internal and internet use. The wizards at the install are able to set up the internal network. Then I wanted to set up the domain, by which I mean, I would like the server to respond to internet requests for a particular dns name (which has been configured at a registrar and external dns server). This is basically the stage where I'll set up my web site. The overall plan is to set up directaccess, allowing users in Active Directory to see their files and work on the server.
I know Active Directory can be complicated, but I've seen some straightforward wizard based setups, and was trying to implement the ones I've seen (netometer.com/video/tutorials/ad-services-install  or windowsserver.trainsignal.com/windows-server-2008-install-active-directory-domain-services).

My plan had been to use the SBS wizard to set up the internal network, and then do the active directory setup to complete the external or internet domain. But as demazter noted, this won't be possible. So what is the procedure to set up both internal and internet domain together?
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Darius GhassemCommented:
Is your SBS server configured now? If it is then you already of AD services running on it.

Is your internal domian the same for your external?

Your external and internal domains have nothing to do with each other since your internal is not known to the exernal world so you can setup a webpage then setup router configurations to port your external IP address to an internal IP address for your web page.
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JeReLoAuthor Commented:
I think I should see if I can possibly withdraw the question in some way.
Since posting I took part of the answer from the first comment, reinstall the OS in order to reset the domain.
For the second part, I discovered as a result of a microsoft engineer, that the preferred way to set up internet domain is to use a preferred provider like godaddy, which automates the process I'm told. I'm currently in the transfer process, so cannot yet confirm this works satisfactorily. However, I did discover two related problems: SBS requires the "remote." prefix be prepended to the domain name. This was a problem for my DNS provider at 1and1, since they would not provide access to the MX, SPF, TXT, SRV and PTR records that SBS requires. So, even if I had the router configuration (which I was familiar with before using Vista), I would still have encountered the SBS requirements were not fulfilled by my dns provider.

If either of you are familiar with the automated solutions I'm referring to (the recommended dns providers in SBS), then I'll pehaps sneak in a followup. Can one SBS server connect with two domain names (two websites), given this requirement of using the preferred provider scenario?
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JeReLoAuthor Commented:
see discussion in last post
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Glen KnightCommented:
OK, firstly the "internet domain name" is nothing to do with SBS, you would need to configure this regardless of what system you were using with an external provider.

Perhaps you could provide specific details on what you are trying to do so we can help you further?

If you followed the wizards in SBS and completed them all you would then be able to access your Remote Web Workplace via the A record remote.domainname.com which you would setup with your external DNS provider for example GoDaddy.

GoDaddy are just the domain name registrar and provide you with DNS.

The rest of the work is done using the wizards in SBS.
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