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How to change NETBIOS domain name

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I am needing to change only the NetBIOS name of my domain. I have been gearing up for a Domain Restructure but have run across this article that leads me to believe it can be done with out doing a Domain Restructure. https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/bb405948.aspx

1. Has anyone used this tool, what were your results?
2. Is there a Version of this tool for 2008?
3. Anyone have arguments for or against using a tool like this vs. a good ole fashioned Domain Restructure?

Thanks for your thoughts on this.
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I would be looking at the documentation for a Domain Rename at the following link which describes this procedure using Server 2008R2.
https://technet.microsoft.com/fr-ca/library/cc794869%28v=ws.10%29.aspx

You will also need to take other applications in your domain in to consideration when renaming a domain, e.g Exchange. You also may have other applications that you will need to re-configure once the rename is completed.

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Thankfully we no longer have Exchange in-house but once did have an Exchange 2003 Server. We do have many applications, SQL, etc that I am worried about. Will I have trouble with apps that use security OLD-NETBIOS-NAME\Username ?
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It is possible. I am not a SQL expert so i cannot contest to that comment but i know that domain renames can create a lot of issues after it has been completed. I would personally do this in a test environment first. P2V some of your core servers, a long with a domain controller and test this in an isolated environment.

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