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Can you rename Windows Server 2008 domain ?

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  • Hi there,

    I am wondering if its possible to rename a Windows server 2008 domain using Rendom utility. I have tried installing the Rendom utility available for Windows Server 2003 and it fails to install successfully, even if you try to install in the compatibility mode. I didn't find this utility for Windows Server 2008 domain specifically.

    I understand the business case for this to be relatively low as Server 2008 is fairly new and wont be in production at most places for a while. My need is around my test lab.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Regards,
    Rick @ Toyota Motors
    Monday, March 31, 2008 5:16 PM

Answers

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    Hi

     

    You don't have to separately install Rendom utility on Windows 2008. It is already installed as part of "Active Directory Domain Services" role.

     

    Location: %windir%\system32\rendom.exe

     

    Thanks

    Monday, March 31, 2008 6:49 PM

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  •  

    Hi

     

    You don't have to separately install Rendom utility on Windows 2008. It is already installed as part of "Active Directory Domain Services" role.

     

    Location: %windir%\system32\rendom.exe

     

    Thanks

    Monday, March 31, 2008 6:49 PM
  • Great. Thanks, I will try it out.
    Monday, March 31, 2008 9:16 PM
  • Worked out pretty good. Thanks for your help.

    Tuesday, April 01, 2008 12:16 PM
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    Hi Guys

     

    If one renamed a domain, from abc.com to xyz.com , how this will be reflected on the clients that are joined to the domain abc.com

     

     

    Will the new domain name of the xp clients be changed automatically to xyz.com ?? or i need to disjoin the client from the abc.com domain and join them to the xyz.com domain ?


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    Tarek Majdalani

    MVP -- ISA Firewalls

    http://www.elmajdal.net/Win2k8/

    Tuesday, April 01, 2008 5:39 PM
  •  

    The identity (domain GUID) of the renamed domain does not change during  a domain rename operation. Thus a computer's domain membership does not change as a result of the holding domain being renamed.

     

    However, every member computer joined to the renamed domain needs to be rebooted twice. Please refer to "How Domain Rename works" technical reference for more info..

     

    http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/library/4d0c3b6e-e6f5-4ab3-9d81-106ae3a715491033.mspx?mfr=true

     

    Thanks.

    Tuesday, April 01, 2008 6:23 PM
  •  Swaminathan Pattabiraman [MSFT] wrote:

     

    However, every member computer joined to the renamed domain needs to be rebooted twice. Please refer to "How Domain Rename works" technical reference for more info..

     

     

    Hi,

     

    Thanks for the reply.

     

    So the client wont be able to log on to the machine or authenticate on the LAN until they reboot twice ?

     

    Thanks,

    Tarek

    _____________________________

    Tarek Majdalani

    MVP -- ISA Firewalls
    http://www.elmajdal.net/Win2k8/

     

    Wednesday, April 02, 2008 8:22 PM
  • i want to know what are the steps to change the domain name on windows server 2008 and anything to do on the clients connected to the same server?
    Jassim Rahma
    Monday, November 30, 2009 4:01 PM
  • i want to know what are the steps to change the domain name on windows server 2008 and anything to do on the clients connected to the same server?
    Jassim Rahma

    Have a look here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc794869(WS.10).aspx
    With kind regards / Met vriendelijke groet, Jetze Mellema | http://jetzemellema.blogspot.com/
    • Proposed as answer by Jetze Mellema Tuesday, January 12, 2010 9:33 PM
    Monday, December 07, 2009 3:00 PM
  • Hi,

    I have used this thread to create a new topic on the TechNet Wiki, Renaming an Windows 2008 Active Directory Domain, at http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/renaming-an-windows-2008-active-directory-domain.aspx.

    The Wiki is a great place to roll up answers for the community to improve an article (versus threads).  Take a look and share your feedback.

    Eric Battalio, MSFT

    Thursday, August 26, 2010 2:36 AM
  • Hello,

    I have Widows 2008 AD domain that called domain.org, also Exchange 2010 is installed.

    to getDigiCert  SSL sertificate I need to rename the domain name todomain.local and I am wondering if Exchange 2010 will continue to work after Rendom utility?

     

    Thanks

    Regards

    Vadim 

    Thursday, December 29, 2011 10:26 AM
  • Hello,

    I have Widows 2008 AD domain that called domain.org, also Exchange 2010 is installed.

    to getDigiCert  SSL sertificate I need to rename the domain name todomain.local and I am wondering if Exchange 2010 will continue to work after Rendom utility?

     

    Thanks

    Regards

    Vadim 

     No answer for this yet? I'm on the same situation and I don't have a test lab. I'm kinda worried doing the changing on the production server.
    Monday, March 05, 2012 6:58 AM
  • Hello,

    I have Widows 2008 AD domain that called domain.org, also Exchange 2010 is installed.

    to getDigiCert  SSL sertificate I need to rename the domain name todomain.local and I am wondering if Exchange 2010 will continue to work after Rendom utility?

    This is not supported and not recommended. Expect serious problems. Also when you do try this, you're basically on your own becuase this is not supported.

    There's also good news, I'm pretty sure there's a better solution for your problem. You could ask in the Exchange forums for advice on how to use the external namespace for internal clients too. This will eliminate the requirement to have the internal domainname on the certificate.


    With kind regards / Met vriendelijke groet, Jetze Mellema | http://jetzemellema.blogspot.com/

    • Proposed as answer by Jetze Mellema Monday, March 05, 2012 8:18 AM
    Monday, March 05, 2012 8:18 AM
  • I agree with the previous answer it’s not supported or recommended. I don’t see why you need to rename your Active Directory domain to obtain a certificate. You might want to ask more details about that in the security forums.
     
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    "Jetze Mellema" wrote in message news:88dd984e-5652-4e3b-a134-2559aef5b596...

    Hello,

    I have Widows 2008 AD domain that called domain.org, also Exchange 2010 is installed.

    to getDigiCert  SSL sertificate I need to rename the domain name todomain.local and I am wondering if Exchange 2010 will continue to work after Rendom utility?

    This is not supported and not recommended. Expect serious problems. Also when you do try this, you're basically on your own becuase this is not supported.

    There's also good news, I'm pretty sure there's a better solution for your problem. You could ask in the Exchange forums for advice on how to use the external namespace for internal clients too. This will eliminate the requirement to have the internal domainname on the certificate.


    With kind regards / Met vriendelijke groet, Jetze Mellema | http://jetzemellema.blogspot.com/


    Enfo Zipper Christoffer Andersson – Principal Advisor
    Monday, March 05, 2012 11:42 AM
  • i want to know what are the steps to change the domain name on windows server 2008 and anything to do on the clients connected to the same server?


    Jassim Rahma


    Have a look here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc794869(WS.10).aspx
    With kind regards / Met vriendelijke groet, Jetze Mellema | http://jetzemellema.blogspot.com/

    hi

    thank you very much for your useful link

    Wednesday, September 25, 2013 8:14 AM
  • after domain name change, can the end user PC's domain name settings automatically updated as well?


    Microsoft man

    Sunday, December 29, 2013 2:02 PM