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  • Question

  • We have a windows 2003 domain. It is a small domain with 1000 users, two domain controllers and exchange 2003 SP1. Our domain dns is called "dept.domain.edu" and netbios as "abc". We are planning to upgrade to Windows 2008 domain but in the process we want to keep the domain DNS name as it is but change the netbios name to "dept" from "abc". I have looked at the rendom.exe tool but slightly apprehensive to use as it has some risk factors.
    We HAVE to change the NETBIOS name as abc is no longer the department name. I really appreciate if I can get any pointers/ideas to tackle the issue?
    Tuesday, September 1, 2009 4:03 PM

Answers

  • In general, you have two options - domain renaming or migration. Considering that you want to keep your existing DNS name (correct?), you are left with the first one (unless you are willing to go through domain migration twice). This is possible with Exchange 2003 present (as long as you haven't run PrepareAD for Exchange 2007). Start by reviewing http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Domain-Rename.html - and let us know if you have any further questions (you might want to post those specific to Exchange on the corresponding forum)...

    hth
    Marcin
    • Proposed as answer by Meinolf Weber Monday, September 7, 2009 8:46 AM
    • Marked as answer by Joson Zhou Tuesday, September 8, 2009 8:04 AM
    Tuesday, September 1, 2009 4:28 PM

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  • In general, you have two options - domain renaming or migration. Considering that you want to keep your existing DNS name (correct?), you are left with the first one (unless you are willing to go through domain migration twice). This is possible with Exchange 2003 present (as long as you haven't run PrepareAD for Exchange 2007). Start by reviewing http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Domain-Rename.html - and let us know if you have any further questions (you might want to post those specific to Exchange on the corresponding forum)...

    hth
    Marcin
    • Proposed as answer by Meinolf Weber Monday, September 7, 2009 8:46 AM
    • Marked as answer by Joson Zhou Tuesday, September 8, 2009 8:04 AM
    Tuesday, September 1, 2009 4:28 PM
  • Any idea, when the netbios is renamed, after users login do they get a new profile? Or will be the existing profile is kept?
    Wednesday, September 2, 2009 4:06 PM
  • The only caveat I'm aware of regarding profiles is dealing with roaming ones that are accessed via domain-based DFS (the same applies to folder redirection). Considering that you are keeping the DNS domain name, this should not apply in your case...

    hth
    Marcin

    Wednesday, September 2, 2009 4:32 PM
  • We do not do roaming profiles. We will do more testing in this regard as we want to keep the local profiles as it is. Thanks for all your help. Will keep you posted more on this.
    Wednesday, September 2, 2009 8:48 PM
  • Skdsm,

    Did you do this? How did it go? Did you have Exchange running in your environment when you did the rename? what version?

     

    We're in a similar situation -renaming NETBIOS name (as well as DNS name) of the domain. But an MS article (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc816848%28WS.10%29.aspx) mentions that NETBIOS rename is NOT supported with any version of exchange running. Hence the question.

     

    Thanks,

    Venkat

     

    Wednesday, July 13, 2011 6:04 PM