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Many years ago before I got my current job, someone created a basic infrastructure for the work environment.  They created a domain controller with the domain (example: test.com) running Active Directory, DNS, DHCP.  After many years the company bought a domain for their website (example: testbuilding.com) and is hosted by GoDaddy.com

There are several servers and workstations attached to the current domain controller.  I am attempting to move the website and email internally with a Linux server as a web server and Exchange Server for email.  The two servers are built and ready but I want to change the work environment from test.com to testbuilding.com

I have read up on the Domain Rename feature from Microsoft.  I wanted to know if anyone has a Step-by-Step Walkthrough procedure in doing this.  I don't want to re-create the entire environment by building a new AD, detaching the workstations and servers from one DC to another.  Whatever way is as painless as possible would be greatly appreciated.
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by:Amitabh Singh
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Hi
hear you will get step by step guide this guide also

Step by step guide
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Domain-Rename.html

Tool Download Link
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/bb405948.aspx#top

After renaming read through:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;316826
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by:Amitabh Singh
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this guide also include renaming with Exchange 2003 installed so you just need to skip exchange part
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by:Mike Kline
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Jorge also has a good blog entry where he compiled all the domain rename articles in one place

http://blogs.dirteam.com/blogs/jorge/archive/2010/10/10/should-you-do-a-domain-rename-or-not-that-s-the-question.aspx

I have done it in a lab but never in production (don't want to blow smoke).  I'd at least setup a basic lab to test first if I was in your position (just a handful of virtual machines)

Thanks

Mike
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by:Premkumar Yogeswaran
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Hi,

i have downloaded this document from MS site...!
PFA

Regards,
Prem
domain-rename-procedure.doc
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by:Amitabh Singh
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premglitz
its same document  which i give in my post  36549519 !
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We have one AD, 2 DCs, it's a small environment with barely 20+ PCs.  It sounds Jorge's blog of a migration may be best rather than a domain rename.  Am I correct in saying this?  Any Step-by-Step walk-throughs on how to migrate by adding a domain in an existing environment and then moving the DCs and removing the old?
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by:Mike Kline
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2 DCs and no exchange?  Ok in that case a domain rename should not cause as much heartache.   That enviornment is going to be easy to simulate in a lab too (2 DCs and a few clients)

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Mike
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Hello the-miz

you need to use rendom for renaming domain , have a look to my comment (ID: 36549452) for more information , you need to perform fallowing steps .
 rendom
Note : TAKE FULL SYSTEM STATE  BACKUP FOR YOUR DC BEFORE STARTING THIS STEPS
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