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Best Practice for Naming Active Directory Forest and Domain

I am curious what naming convention folks are using for their Active Directory Forest and Domains.

I originally chose a Forest/Domain Name that we never registered or purchased, and was later bought by another entity.  Consequently, we need to rename our domain, and I found that using ourdomain.local would result in headaches down the road.  After careful consideration, I believe creating and moving to a child domain of the domain we currently own would be a best practice.  For instance, since we already own and have public DNS records in place for that domain, I'd like to name the Forest/Domain and possibly add another domain down the road called for our District Office.

I have already explored the RENDOM utility.  Are there other utilities I will need?  What would be a good reference URL to use and follow for this process?
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