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I have an active directory forest that was set up as domain.example.com initially. I want the forest to be example.com and then have domain domain.example.com exist under the forest. Is there an easy way to implement this in active directory?

  • is this to match you company's tld? – Greg Askew Aug 4 '15 at 22:18
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It sounds like what you want is the rendom tool. This will allow you to rename your domain from domain.example.com to example.com. I was recently able to pull this off without too much trouble.

Technet: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc816805(v=ws.10).aspx https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc738208(v=ws.10).aspx

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The Forest name and the Forest Root Domain name is the same. It isn't possible to have a Forest name differ from the Forest Root Domain name. You can create a child domain named domain.example.com but isn't possible to have a Forest name that differs from the Forest Root Domain name.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/Cc738121(v=WS.10).aspx

  • I originally set up chicago.example.com as the root and forest root domain. It doesn't know what anything above that is. For an example, a simple. www.example.com or example.com, or exchange.example.com. example.com is found nowhere in DNS and I think this is because I made chicago.example.com the root at the time I set up AD. – Kevin Aug 4 '15 at 22:17
  • I don't understand what you're trying to say with your comment. At any rate, you can't have a Forest name that differs from the Forest Root Domain name. You can create child domains and name then anything you like, but you cannot have a "standalone" Forest name. – joeqwerty Aug 4 '15 at 22:25

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