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I will be doing this over the weekend but would like to warn what the users will need to do when they get in. I understand that they will need to reboot twice but will windows prompt them and will they need to fill in the new domain details before they can login?

We have a mix of Windows 7/8.1/10.

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I'm happy with the detail in the document but there is little on what happens with the clients from what I can see....
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Users Will Not Be Able to Log In

There are a couple of steps at the end of the domain rename process, if not planned and executed properly, that will impact your users greatly – i.e., they will not be able to log in. Here’s what you’ll need to review (probably multiple times):

During the Domain Rename: Local vs Remote

When you are performing the domain rename operation, connect as many workstations via wired LAN. Any remote computers that connect to the new domain through a remote connection such as a VPN will need to unjoin the old domain and rejoin the new domain.

Reboot Workstations Twice

Once the domain rename is complete, each user’s computer that is joined to the renamed domain must be rebooted twice AFTER all domain controllers are back up. Rebooting twice ensures that each user’s computer learns the new domain name and also propagates to all applications running on the user’s computer. Each computer must be restarted by logging into the computer and using the Shutdown/Restart option. Do not restart the computer by turning the computer power off and then turning it back on.
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So any computer that is not switched on and connected/logged in to the domain locally on site will not be able to login in once the domain rename is done?
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yes, that's correct and you will need to unjoin /join them manually
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Great thank you.
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