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Rename a 2012 Domain

Posted on 2014-10-23
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My company is currently merging with another and they have decided to change our company name.  I need to rename our .local domain to the new company name.  I have read several articles are doing this just wanted some more input for clarity.  The current network consists of (2) Domain controllers both Windows 2012 Server Standard and 6 member servers running a mix of 2003 and 2008.  I have 50 desktops connected running windows 7 pro.  I don't have to worry about exchange server we are a Google shop.  My question is Microsoft says you should do this from a control station, but others say perform it from the DC.  Thoughts....  other question should I disjoin all my workstations prior to the rename?
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by:Ganesh Kumar A
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You need to rename from your root domain controller and refer the procedure and process from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc794951(v=ws.10).aspx.
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by:KSSL25
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I am not trying to rename the domain controller but domain itself.  Example:

Current.local replace with newcompany.local?
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Ganesh Kumar A earned 2000 total points
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My apology for inconvenience, the actual procedure of renaming domain is vast and you need to provide plenty of attention to do the domain rename. Though it is supported, i would suggest to do a fresh domain and migrate instead of domain rename. In my personal experience, it works well but you need to pay lot of attention.

This is link which provides renaming domain:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/1347.renaming-a-windows-server-2008-active-directory-domain-dsforum2wiki.aspx

Before you rename you need to prepare with the following checklist in order to achieve success.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc816631(v=ws.10).aspx

Please ensure if you have exchange, sharepoint and any other special applications which uses AD attributes migrate them as well after your domain rename operation.
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