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  • Renaming a 2003 r2 domain controller gives an error

    Hello
    We are replacing a 2000 advanced server with a 2003 r2 enterprise server on a new hardware platform. This is a single server site, just the one domain controller. I would like to rename the new server back to the name of the original server so the clients and application can locate the network shares as before. The new server is up and running as the only domain controller at forest and domain level windows 2003 after moving all the roles off the old server and demoting the old server successfully. The original servers NetBIOS name was LMT.LOCAL and the new servers NetBIOS name is LMT1.LOCAL. When I try to change the name back to LMT.LOCAL through the my-computer applet I receive the following error. Can not rename the server the name is already in use. In searching the forum the only thing I found is this reference.
    In a Windows Server 2003 forest, you cannot:
    • Rename a domain with the same name that another domain gave up in a single forest restructure operation.

    Is what I have done so far considered a forest restructure operation?
    And if so is there a way around it.
    Or if it is not considered a forest restructure operation then what else could be causing this error?

    Thank you for taking the time to read this post.
    Last edited by akroncomputerservices; 29th April 2008, 12:56.

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    Re: Renaming a 2003 r2 domain controller gives an error

    A better way would have been to use http://www.swingmigration.com to move from old server to new one. However you can rename the DC so have a read of the article at the following link and see if that helps. http://www.petri.com/windows_2003_do...ler_rename.htm
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    • #3
      Re: Renaming a 2003 r2 domain controller gives an error

      thank you for the reply
      I had read this document before and this is exactly where i get the error. http://www.petri.com/windows_2003_do...ler_rename.htm

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      • #4
        Re: Renaming a 2003 r2 domain controller gives an error

        Thanks for the help. I solved the problem. There was an entry in AD still refering to the old server.

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