troubleshooting Question

How to re-configure exchange to use FQDN instead of local hostname

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I went to renew my UCC SSL cert and come to find out that I can no longer use the local host name of my exchange server. I have removed the local host name from the cert and now I'm getting the "Server doesn't match the names on the certificate pop-up" I have multiple names on this certificate in order to provide mail to multiple clients. Of course, all of the clients are getting the cert pop-up. I know that the steps I need to take are the following:

1. Change the local hostname of the exchange server to a FQDN. I can see multiple places where the local hostname is located in Exchange that will need to be changed to the new FQDN.

2. Add the new FQDN to SSL.

3. Install new cert.

4. Move on to the next problem.

However, I seem to be getting stuck on the FQDN part. Do I need to have a purchase a domain for this? If so, I already have one purchased that could be used. Once I settle on the new FQDN and thusly change it in Exchange will there be anything else that will need changing, I.E. DNS entries on the DC, DNS records of the domain (A records), etc.

By following the resources I have found they say to simply change the internal URL's to the external URL's and this is where I run into an issue. There are no external URL's on this Exchange server, only internal URL's

Current Exchange server name:

testex5.aandocomputer.local     (this is an example)

Localhost names that were removed:


Proposed FQDN:    (this is an example)

Current SSL domains:

Resources I have used:
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