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Windows Server 2012 AD Domain setup with Internet Facing Domain Name

My active directory domain was setup with our externally hosted website domain name.... Company.com for example.   This is causing several DNS issues for example having to create a record in DNS for www to point to the externally hosted website to access it from the internal network.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to correct AD at this point?  I see articles stating that AD should be setup with the Company.com domain and a office.Company.com subdomain of the parent domain and that this is the recommended configuration from Microsoft.   What can I do to tweak the current AD environment to fix things?  Can I simply create a new AD subdomain in the current configuration and make some DNS tweaks?  Or should I blow it all out and setup a new AD domain from scratch?

What is the best practice when setting up a brand new AD domain?

thanks in advance.
Microsoft Legacy OSWindows Server 2012Active Directory

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You will not get any shorcuts to resolve your problem of same internal and external domain name..the only remedy is to create a new Domain and migrate the users and computers from ur old domain to new one
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And if the external domain is Company.com the new AD domain should be setup as "subdomain.Company.com" ?  Not with a .local correct?
both are fine ..it should not be identical as company.com
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