I have the task to come up with a proper domain name for our company asap.
We need to build an internal network for our small company (5-10 users), consisting of two Domain Controllers, each running Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition, as well as an application server running Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition (it will run a number of Virtual Machines, i.e. a SharePoint installation, an MS SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition, etc).
We currently use MS Outlook 2007 to access all our POP3 e-mail accounts and we wish to install MS Exchange 2007 to receive the POP3 e-mails centrally and then have them distributed to their respective internal users. In addition, it is expected that mobile users will/could use Outlook Web Access to view their e-mails.
Furthermore, we want to setup a VOIP solution, using a PATTON VOIP gateway appliance to route calls to/from company users and the outside world.
Last but not least, we plan to install a VPN solution at the office for remote users to be able to connect securely and use internal network resources (internal web applications, e-mail, etc).
Although the company will mainly be a Microsoft-based network, however, it is anticipated that a few Apple computers will need to connect in the near future.
The two Domain Controllers will have Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) with DNS setup and there will be a replication process between them, so in case any of them goes down, the other server would be able to carry the load and support the internal network.
We have registered an internet domain name (www.mydomainname.com
) to advertise the our company services. My problem is that I do NOT know what to name our internal domain, so as to be able to utilise the abovementioned services/applications, is easy to use for everyday needs (i.e. users logging to workstations, servers, etc) and still not have problems with DNS down the road.
Should it be mydomainname.local ??? (I have read various articles that mention this is not a very good idea, especially if we plan to use Apple computers in the internal network / domain)
Should it be corp.mydomainname.com ??? (do we have to register the subdomain name corp.mydomainname.com with our ISP?)
What would happen when our users connect to our internal network? Will they have to supply a long domain name \ username, i.e. corp.mydomainname.com\myus
ername to logon to various workstations/servers ??? We would prefer a user to be able to logon as mydomainname\myusername, however, I am NOT sure how to do this.
Thank you for any help.