Performing the Domain Rename Operation

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

This task provides information about performing the domain rename operation. This task describes in detail the procedures that you complete to perform the domain rename operation in your forest. Be sure that you have reviewed and completed every preliminary procedure that applies to your domain rename conditions, as described in Preparing for the Domain Rename Operation.

After you complete all the procedures in this task, the target domain name changes will be effective in your forest. The domain name changes will have propagated toall the domain controllers in your forest, as well as to the member computers in the renamed domains.

A brief period of interruption in your Active Directory forest service occurs during the time when all of the domain controllers in the forest are automatically restarting. The exact point at which the service interruption occurs is indicated in Run Domain Rename Instructions. Except for this brief period of interruption, the Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) service should continue to be available and function normally throughout the rest of the domain rename process.

Task requirements

The following is required to perform the procedures for this task:

  • Rendom.exe

  • Repadmin.exe

  • Gpfixup.exe

To complete this task, perform the following procedures: