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By dennisbv ·
I was setting up a small Windows 2000 network,
2 servers and 6 clients and after I had it setup and was configuring accounts I was informed that the Domain name had to be changed from a .com to .info. Because one of the Servers is an Exchange 2000 server I am a bit unsure as what to look for or how to bet accomplish this?

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by Chris.. In reply to Rename Domain

Are you looking just to change the Mail Exchanger record or the whole 2k Domain?

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The whole Domain

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by gooseneck In reply to Rename Domain

I don't know who told you the domain had to be rename from .com to .info. You do not have to change the domain name to run Exchange. Most people do this to separate the internal namespace from the external namespace. With a small network like you described, it is best to keep them the same. By doing this, the exchange configuration will be plug and play.

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They had me set up the domain with (name).com but they were not able to register that name. But they did register (name).info
I thought they already had the name registered.

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by ShaunJanzen In reply to Rename Domain

The only way to rename a domain in Win2k server is to demote the forest root DC and then promote it again with the new domain name. The root server is the first server that AD was installed on. You will then have to demote all other DC's and promote them into the new domain as well as making all member servers and workstations members of the new domain. I am sure this is not the answer that you were looking for but as far as I know that is the only way. If anybody knows a less costly method, please share.

Good Luck,

Shaun

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Rename Domain

janzenshaun@yahoo.com is correct. In Win2K, once the domain name is set up, and your AD Domain Controler(s) are up and running, you CANNOT change the domain name.
In Win2K3 version of AD, this is (from what I have heard) one of the new features.
But since you have Win2K, then that doesn't help you.
You'll have to tear down AD, then build it again with the correct domain name.
Sorry for the bad news.

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