Naming a domain in 2012 R2 Essentials

I've been reading a lot about not using .local domain names. I wondered what the consensus was here? I have a customer

I was thinking about following the instructions here: and naming the domain on this new server as Is that recommended still today, or is company.local just as good?

Thought i'd check before i get too deep into the installation.
Coriron HazManaging DirectorAsked:
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According to MS naming convention guide.... 

if you own, use or you can use as well.

The most vile thing, as I see it, is using the registered Internet domain name, verbatim, for the Active Directory domain name. This causes you to be forced to manually copy records from the Internet DNS (like www) into the Active Directory DNS zone to allow "external" names to resolve. I've seen utterly silly things like IIS installed on every DC in an organization running a web site that does a redirect such that someone entering into their browser would be redirected to by these IIS installations. Utter silliness!

Using the Internet domain name gains you no advantages, but creates "make work" every time you change the IP addresses that external host names refer to. (Try using geographically load-balanced DNS for the external hosts and integrating that with such a "split DNS" situation, too! Gee-- that would be fun...)

Using such a subdomain has no effect on things like Exchange email delivery or User Principal Name (UPN) suffixes, BTW. (I often see those both cited as excuses for using the Internet domain name as the AD domain name.)

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Coriron HazManaging DirectorAuthor Commented:
ok. so just to confirm, if i use, i wont have any issues resolving external addresses like

It's only if i was to use the domain of as my internal domain that I would have issues?
Cliff GaliherCommented:
Essentials will append .local unless you jump through a bunch of hoops not to. I would honestly recommend just letting essentials do this unless you have a specific compelling apo that requires otherwise. There is no specific issue with .local on most domains. And that includes 99/999% of SMB that essentials targetsm
.local will work in most of the cases, or you can use .internal as well.
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