Renaming a Windows 2003 Domain Controller

Posted on 2011-04-28
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hello and Good Afternoon Experts....

A question in regards to renaming a Windows 2003 domain controller. Is it neccessary to move all operations master roles from the server before you rename it? I didn't see anywhere in Microsoft documentation where it stated it was needed, but wondered if anyone had gathered best practices from projects you have done in the past. The domain and forest is Windows 2003 functional level. I need to remain the domain controller, using the netdom tool in the Windows 2003 support tools. Again, I am not renaming the domain, I am renaming the domain controller itself.
Question by:appsysdco
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    Just rename the domain controller as you would rename a client computer and reboot. No special configuration required.
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    Here you are some clarification about why not to re-use DC's names:

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