Solved Changing domain to other.

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June 4, 2013 at 00:10:58
Specs: XP, 2.992 GHz / 2807 MB
Hello experties...

I have a windows server 2003 Domain called abc.com and having lease line connection. and configured all services like Active directory,DNS, DHCP, print server, ftp, file server, DFS.

Recently My MD ask me to change the domain to xyz.com and all the services and machines related to abc.com should be in under xyz.com. and also we are looking for a Broadband connection with a ISP provider.

I am totally New on this king of tasks.( or operations). Can you please help me to setup thing working fine with xyz.com.what are all I have to do and not.

Thanks in advance.

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June 5, 2013 at 12:15:24
http://www.petri.co.il/windows_2003...

"although renaming domains is possible in Windows Server 2003, the process is complex and should not be undertaken lightly."

This really isn't something someone new to AD should be doing. There is a lot of risk to screwing everything up. It takes some serious planning to accomplish this.

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June 4, 2013 at 08:20:58
Just so you know your Active Directory domain name has nothing to do with a ISP or even what your company is doing on the internet.

To be clear your internet domain name does not have to match your external registered domain name. Now if the two are the same this presents a different scenerio to address.

To change your internal domain name you need to do the following:

Disjoin all workstations to a workgroup.
Dcpromo down the DC and remove the domain [have it also join a workgroup]
Dcpromo up the server to a new forest and domain name.
Rejoin the workstations to the domain.

As you can see this has nothing to do with your internal ip addressing. It can remain the same. Internal ip has nothing to do with external [isp] ip as long as they are not the same subnet.

Might want to google how to use DCPROMO for more info.

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June 4, 2013 at 21:24:33
Thank you wanderer for reply.

It mean all the servers (FTP, Fileserver, other server ) also needs to take into workstation ( xyz.com) then rejoin into Domain ( xyz.com ) right ?

thanks in adv

DJ

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June 4, 2013 at 23:58:46
If you have a lot of information in your AD that you want to retain then you might want to consider using the AD rename process. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...

Whatever you do, I would recommend usin some old machines to set up a replica of your network and practice the change on them, documenting each step and any problems that arise. Better to discover any snags that way than on the real system.


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June 5, 2013 at 12:15:24
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http://www.petri.co.il/windows_2003...

"although renaming domains is possible in Windows Server 2003, the process is complex and should not be undertaken lightly."

This really isn't something someone new to AD should be doing. There is a lot of risk to screwing everything up. It takes some serious planning to accomplish this.

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June 5, 2013 at 23:47:25
It does take serious planning (which was what I recommended). Completely destroying a domain and recreating it from scratch also takes serious planning. It all depends upon how much information is stored in AD and how aware you are of this data.

I always recommend practising on a dummy setup when a major change is contemplated.


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