Rename Domain in Windows Server 2008

Hi,

I was assigned the task of renaming the domain. This post was extremely useful.

http://www.shariqsheikh.com/blog/index.php/200804/how-to-rename-a-windows-server-2008-domain/

I’ll put few of the steps from that post here 

“From the command prompt, I started out by running rendom /list which outputs an XML file (Domainlist.xml) to the directory where rendom resides. You edit that file to change your domain configuration to the new domain name. i.e ForestDNSZones, DomainDNSZones, Netbios name. See referenced link for details.

After you have modified the file you can run rendom /showforest which shows you the future configuration, verify and make changes if necessary.

Upload the changes you have made in the XML file: Run rendom /upload

Verify readiness of Domain Controller(s): Run rendom /prepare

Execute domain rename instructions: Run rendom /execute

After thats finishes up successfully, you should also run GPFIXUP tool to fix up GPO references to your old domain name.

Here is an example :

C:\Users\Administrator>gpfixup /olddns:08r2.lab /newdns:mcts.lab
Group Policy fix up utility Version 1.1 (Microsoft)

Start fixing group policy (GroupPolicyContainer) objects:
……..

Start fixing site group policy links:
.

Start fixing non-site group policy links:
….
gpfixup tool executed with success.

C:\Users\Administrator>gpfixup /oldnb:08r2 /newnb:mcts
Group Policy fix up utility Version 1.1 (Microsoft)

Start fixing group policy (GroupPolicyContainer) objects:
..
gpfixup tool executed with success.

Lastly, run rendom /clean”

Bye..


Author: Nishant Rana

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