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Windows 2003 Domain Rename

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Windows 2003 Domain Rename

Hi
Is there anybody having tried to rename a Windows 2003 AD Domain. We consider rename a "clean" Windows 2003 Domain as preparation to migrate several other domains into this one. We would like to change both the NetBIOS name and the complete DNS-name for the domain. I am aware this is not trivial, and is just asking if there is anybody with experience from doing it, or have looked into the challenge, and concluded to do it otherwise.
Nils
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Re: Windows 2003 Domain Rename

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Re: Windows 2003 Domain Rename

Hello

I had to do it?

You'll need to download the Domain Rename Tool from here and extract it then Download the Document titled "Domain-Rename Procedure" and follow the steps in pages 27-67 but it'll better if you read the whole document before doing anything.
You'll have to dump the configuration in an XML file, change the domain, DNS...etc and load the XML file again, here is an example of the XML file:

BEFORE Editing (Root domain name:

cohovineyard.com)



59add6bb-d0e8-499e-82b9-8aaca5d3e18b
DomainDnsZones.sales.cohovineyard.com




89cf8ae3-f4a3-453b-ac5c-cb05a76bfa40
sales.cohovineyard.com
SALES




f018941b-c899-4601-bfa7-5c017e9d31e7
ForestDnsZones.cohovineyard.com





f018941b-c899-4601-bfa7-5c017e9d31f3
DomainDnsZones.cohovineyard.com





89cf6b34-d753-32a8-da6b-6a8e04bc48a4
cohovineyard.com
COHOVINEYARD





AFTER Editing (Root domain name:

cohowinery.com)



59add6bb-d0e8-499e-82b9-8aaca5d3e18b
DomainDnsZones.sales.cohowinery.com




89cf8ae3-f4a3-453b-ac5c-cb05a76bfa40
sales.cohowinery.com
SALES




f018941b-c899-4601-bfa7-5c017e9d31e7
ForestDnsZones.cohowinery.com





f018941b-c899-4601-bfa7-5c017e9d31f3
DomainDnsZones.cohowinery.com





89cf6b34-d753-32a8-da6b-6a8e04bc48a4
cohowinery.com
COHOWINERY

"Attitudes are contagious, is yours worth catching"/ My first point was given by SEP on January 31, 2003
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Re: Windows 2003 Domain Rename

Sorry I missed the link:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/downloads/domainrename.mspx

"Attitudes are contagious, is yours worth catching"/ My first point was given by SEP on January 31, 2003
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Re: Windows 2003 Domain Rename

Hello again. I see I have clearify my question a bit. I am not looking for how to do a Domain Rename, but asking if there is anybody with experience in doing it, or having considered doing it, and a few words of how it turned out.
Nils
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Re: Windows 2003 Domain Rename

It's working great!!!
Is it an Exchange Server?
"Attitudes are contagious, is yours worth catching"/ My first point was given by SEP on January 31, 2003
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Re: Windows 2003 Domain Rename

One of the domains in question contains appx 50 servers, and among those a number of Exchange servers. Mostly W2k3 servers (all Exchange is w2k3). Forest functional level is w2k3. So, if anybody knows of any other organizations having done, or considered doing, domain rename for forests, I would like to have some information of their experience.
Nils
//Add this to "OnDomLoad" event