I have a Windows 2003 R2 Standard Domain that I inherited and I would like to change the Domain Name to something more logical than it currently is. The Domain Functional Level is Windows 2003 (Operating at the highest level...) and the Forest Functional Level is Windows 2003 as well.
This Domain has a Trust with a parent company's Domain (Domain & Functional Level Windows 2008 R2) and the ultimate goal is to separate these two Domains, the Windows 2003 R2 Domain should have a new Domain name (There is no Exchange on this Domain yet) and I want to introduce two new Windows 2008 R2 servers and DCPROMO each to have the Domain & Functional Level Windows 2008 R2.
What are the steps I need to take and in what order?
Can I introduce the two new Windows 2008 R2 servers as DC's prior to renaming the Domain?