Posted on 2010-01-10
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i REALLLYYY don't want to, but i have to change the domain name in my active directory environment. i read some of the documentation and it says that when renaming, if one of the domain controllers is also an exchange box, you should first move exchange off the domain controller. i have two windows server 2003 domain controllers. wouldn't it be MUCH easier to simply demote my exchange server so that it's not a domain controller any more? it's a small environment ( just about 60 users, down from 100 - bad economy ) and i'll just have one domain controller during the rename. once the rename is done, i'll promote my exchange box back to a domain controller.
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drawlin earned 1000 total points
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I would definitly demote the exchange box and leave AD off of it.  If you have another box you could run dcpromo on it.  make sure you have a good backup of AD before doing the name change.

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BatchV earned 1000 total points
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you can rename the domain with exchange however make sure you follow all the steps.
This link gives you step by step guide.

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Thanks for the input.

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