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Renaming domains

Windows security threats expert Kevin Beaver answers a user's question about a domain name that is switching by itself and provides a tool that allows you to rename your domain.

My company has a domain named "sl.smart-shirts.com". The Active Directory name is the same. We tried to add a computer to this domain named "SMDMNSL". When the computer boots up, "member of domain" says "sl.smart-shirts.com". How did this happen? There are three servers deployed to maintain the domain. Why are there two names to this domain?
Are you having a specific problem? Like not being able to access your website internally? Are you managing external DNS the Windows DNS server? Would renaming your internal domain name be possible? If so, Microsoft has a tool for this that could resolve your problem.

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This was first published in April 2006

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