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Need help with installing Windows Small Business Server 2008 - wrong domain fix - Part I?

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When I installed the SMS2008, I was asked what the domain would be and I think I typed in invgroup instead of invgroup.com.

Does this mean that I have to reinstall and put in invgroup.com at the start of installation?  From what I read this means that there is no way to change the domain and I'd have to reinstall the OS.   I'd hate to reinstall the OS, punch in invgroup.com and get invgroup.local all over again because there is another reason why it took on invgroup.local.  It took me all day to update the server with 100+ service packs provided by Windows Update and I hate to do that all over again and get the same result.

Please help and is much appreciated!
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SBS always installs with a .local active directory domain name. This is perfectly normal and expected. The AD domain name has ZERO bearing on your internet domain name. They can be completely different. For the internet name that RWA and exchange will use, you run the internet address wizard from the SBS console.
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So for the AD domain name its best I don't use invgroup.com - correct?   better just use a true name - ingroup?
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Single level names are also not great since DNS does not play well with them. Sticking with the domain.local format is best. Since that is what you already have, no reason to change or reinstall.
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The problem is that under the Forward Lookup Zones - I deleted the second zone (under mscds.....) and I can't remember what it was.

So I'm guessing it was invgroup.local - is that correct?
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The other thing is when I click on the wizard to recreate it (invgroup.local) - I don't have all the elements that make up the domain name space database!  How do I get that back?
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You didn't mention ANYTHING about you breaking DNS in your original question. Kinda stringing things along, aren't you?

First, NEVER delete stuff without a backup. Second, if you don't know what you are doing, hire a specialist. Finally, if you delete the _msdcs zone and recreate it, then stop and start the netlogon service, it should repopulate.
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I didn't delete the _msdcs zone.  I deleted the second zone that appears under it as I described above.

But restarting the netlogon service helped recreate it!

Thank you for your replies!
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