Change SBS 2003 domain name

Posted on 2011-04-26
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
So I manage a Small Business Server for a law firm that just changed their name.  Has anyone had experience changing the domain name of a deployed SBS 2003 server?  Could you walk me through the process and considerations?
Question by:tarkmyler
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    You can not change the domain name after SBS 2003 is installed and deployed
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    Actualy you can rename domain name for Windows 2003
    But I not recomend to do it with SBS 2003.
    When you run SBS Wizard, you have to choose dimain name too. Than Wizard sayes that when you click NEXT there is no more possibility to change domain name.
    You can change email domain name from to
    Go to ExchangeSystem Manager--> Recipients--> Recipient Policies->Default Policy Properties--> Add new SMTP address--> Set the as Primary.
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    by:Cliff Galiher
    Do *NOT* rename a domain with SBS. Not only is it "not recommended" but the petri article linked to is only for a standard server. That same process breaks exchange on SBS so incredibly badly that you *must* re-install.

    In short, if you want to rename your AD domain, you must do a clean install and then manually recreate users, manually move data, and export and import mailboxes, etc.

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    It is not possible to rename an SBS 2003 Domain. This is only supported on Standard, Enterprise and DataCenter Editions. I have provided a link below which help to explain things more clearly.
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    Renaming an SBS 2003 domain is NOT supported - the only way to do it safely if to re-install

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