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?
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.
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.