Renaming of active directory domain
Posted on 2011-02-22
I am running an active directory network with one main location with a few servers (some of them vms) doing different things (file, and print server, exchange...) and about 50 client workstations. Outside clients log in via vpn.
our top level container (or default naming context?) is "thirdlevel.secondlevel.tld". So any identified host is "host.thirdlevel.secondlevel.tld"
I would like to "shed" one level to bring it down to "secondlevel.tld" or "host.secondlevel.tld" respectively.
This being a production environment, is it better to:
1. Setup a completely new forest and recreate/migrate stuff over
2. Rename the current to the new
And how would you go about it?
Or is there something I haven't thought of?