How to change the internal domain name in Active Directory
Posted on 2014-01-03
I've inherited a very poorly designed network. This week the only domain controller crashed and completely destroyed the AD database. After 5 hours on the phone with Microsoft, it was determined that the domain could not be repaired and I would have to rely on backups to restore things. I have backups, but here's my dilemma; the backup hardware and backups contained therein are for the domain named internally as 'wackwack2' and externally as 'wackwack.lan'. When I installed my first Domain Controller in this push to rebuild, I of course named the newly created domain 'wackwack.lan' and Active Directory assigned the internal name 'wackwack' not 'wackwack2'. How can I change it to 'wackwack2'?