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Changing the domain name in Server 2008 Standard - Messing up outlook reply settings

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Well my developer named my Server 2008 domain a  '.com'  instead of  '.net'  which is the end of my present web address. I need to rename the server domain to '.net' because for the life of me I cannot get an email address working  that is vital. Basically it comes in my email like 'myname@blah-blah.com' it has to be 'myname@blah-blah-net.'  The .net extension is on my business cards, letter head, everything.   Is there anyway to get this to work without changing the domain name? I am very nervous if I change the domain name that it will effect my database, SQL stuff, and well anything else really.  Is this true? Or does anyone know how to spoof the email address to '.net' instead of .com. In Active Directory I have made the changes but I cannot get it to work. In Outlook as well.  I have the mailbox working great but the reply is to a '.com' and I need the address to read '.net' to my end users. Thoughts? I have heard that its no big deal to make the change and in about an hour everything will propagate and work. . I just don't know about my source as well as it may lock me out of my server. Just a wreck of a day! Thoughts? I am out of solutions.
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If you have Exchange 2007 or 2010 installed on your domain you can't rename it (unless you remove Exchange first).  If you have Exchange 2003 you can.

You can easily set up recipient polices in Exchange so that you can accept email for other domains without doing a domain rename.  Instructions depend on what version of Exchange you have.
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I have Exchange 2010. I do have one address that works with a .net extension. I just cannot seem to configure anymore like that. My developer did that and I am completely unable to figure out how he did it, or am I able to get a hold of him. I am very interested in hearing how you set up the recipient policies in Exchange. Let me know your thoughts I am in a real bind.
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Terminology differs a little for Exchange 2010 from 2003.  Instead of Recipient Policies you will be setting up Accepted Domains, and Email Address Policies.  Please refer here for instructions on using either the EMC or EMS to configure this:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa996314.aspx

Are you responsible for <yourdomain>.com as well, or only <yourdomain>.net?  In other words, do you own the .com domain and/or do you want to receive email for it?  This will determine whether you should just set up an additional accepted domain and policy or make changes so that you only handle emails for the .net domain.

You said that you have one address that is working with the .net domain, so maybe it is already set as an accepted domain (probably "*.domain.net").  Once you have the email address policy referring to the .net accepted domain, you can set it as the reply (or primary) address.

If this is a new domain that you have just set up, you may want to go to www.mxtoolbox.com and check out your DNS records to make sure that all your MX, A, and PTR records are configured correctly for you to receive email from the internet (and send without being blocked).
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Well I do apologize if I did not word everything correctly in my original post and or replies. I did figure this out. Again I apologize I am a hardware guy not software (Now I know why...firmware only please!)  Ok my solution was to log into the server as Admin. Then in the Exchange Management Console 2010, when going to the properties of the user you have to change the 'reply to' function. Its done like this: Go to Exchange Management Console 2010->Microsoft Exchange on Premises->Recipient Configuration->Mailbox-> User ( then highlight 'user') - After that click on 'Properties' for the user. From there when viewing the properties of the user click on the tab 'E-mail addresses'. It will then take you to the menu to configure the 'SMTP' reply. ( at least I think thats what its called)- From there highlight the address in the box and the click 'edit'. It will ask you to add or change it to the domain extension of your choice. For example I needed to change present address from a '.com' extension to a '.net' extension. Using this method you should have no problems. No I just have to figure out if the domain on my server being a .com will have any effect on other things. So far so good. Good luck everyone!
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The only time it might cause issues is if there is another domain, same name as yours but ending in .com.  I would expect trouble trying to browse to any of there websites, and probably sending email (all due to DNS issues).  Other than that I wouldn't expect any problem.
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Just to clarify, it appears that you didn't have any trouble *receiving* emails to the .net domain, just that when you sent emails out it was a showing a reply-to email address as the .com domain.  Is that correct?
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Yes, but I have fixed the issue, thanks so very much for your response. In AD properties of a user, if you choose the tab for 'Email Addresses' there is a section that you can add to the existing reply address. Just highlight it and then type in your new reply address. From there you make sure the address you want is highlighted, close out the admin tool and you are good to go.
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I will state that once again there are multiple ways to get this done. I have had no problems as of yet from my solution and most experts agree there should not be any problems that arise from my solution. Please feel free to add anything you like. Thank you all for your help and support. Its is so greatly appreciated!
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