Change a domain name after design

Posted on 2015-01-20
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Last Modified: 2015-01-23
We currently have a domain named central.  If we wanted to change the name to another name, is it possible?  If this is possible how does this affect the clients?  We use Windows Server 2003
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by:Network Zero
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How are the clients affected.  It would nice to also have a brief associated explanation.

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Deadman earned 2000 total points
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Renaming a domain controller requires that you first provide a FQDN as a new computer name for the domain controller. All of the computer accounts for the domain controller must contain the updated SPN attribute and all the authoritative DNS servers for the domain name must contain the host (A) resource record for the new computer name. Both the old and new computer names are maintained until you remove the old computer name. This ensures that there will be no interruption in the ability of clients to locate or authenticate to the renamed domain controller, except when the domain controller is restarted.

"every member computer joined to the renamed domain needs to be rebooted twice but no disjoining and rejoining are required. All user accounts, groups, permissions, etc, are preserved"


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