Supplemental steps for using the Exchange Server Domain Rename Fixup tool together with the Windows Server 2003 domain rename tools

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SUMMARY

This article provides steps to use together with the steps in the "Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename" document to rename your domain. The steps in this Microsoft Knowledge Base article are not intended to stand alone. They are intended only as a supplement to the procedures in the "Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename" document. Before you rename your domain, you must have this article and the "Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename" document. See the References section.

The XDR-fixup.exe file is the Exchange Domain Rename Fixup tool for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 . You use the Exchange Domain Rename Fixup tool together with the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 domain rename tools when you rename a domain that contains Exchange Server 2003 computers.

The Windows Server 2003 domain rename tools were originally designed to rename domains in the Active Directory directory service forests that do not contain Exchange Server computers. This limitation occurred because renaming a domain affects a number of Exchange attributes and there was no method to repair these Exchange attributes. Because of this, the domain rename operation is not supported in forests that contain Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 computers or Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server computers.

Exchange Server 2003 supports the domain rename operation because it is compatible with the Exchange Domain Rename Fixup tool. The Exchange Domain Rename Fixup tool repairs Exchange attributes after a domain rename operation is completed.

INTRODUCTION

This article describes how to use the Exchange Domain Rename Fixup tool together with the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 domain rename tools. The file name of the Exchange Domain Rename Fixup tool is XDR-fixup.exe.

Documents and tools that you must have to rename the domain

To perform a domain rename operation in a forest that contains Exchange Server 2003, you must have the following documents and the following tools:
  • The Windows Server 2003 domain rename tools and the document that is named Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename. To download these tools and this document, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
    http://download.microsoft.com/download/c/f/c/cfcbff04-97ca-4fca-9e8c-3a9c90a2a2e2/Domain-Rename-Procedure.doc
  • This Microsoft Knowledge Base article. The information that is in this article supplements the procedures that are described in the Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename document. This article contains the steps that are specific to Exchange Server; these steps are named "Exchange-specific steps" in this article.
  • The Exchange Domain Rename Fixup tool. The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
    XDR-Fixup.exe. To download this tool, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=24B47D4A-C4B9-4031-B491-29839148A28C&displaylang=en
    Release Date: 5/25/2004

    For additional information about how to download Microsoft Support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    119591 How to Obtain Microsoft Support Files from Online Services
    Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help to prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.
We recommend that you read both the Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename document and this Microsoft Knowledge Base article before you rename your domain. When you are ready to perform the domain rename operation, start with the procedures that are described in the Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename document, and then supplement those procedures with the Exchange Domain Rename Fixup tool procedures that are described in this article.

What the Exchange Domain Rename Fixup tool does

The Exchange Domain Rename Fixup tool modifies the Exchange attributes in Active Directory to reflect the new domain name that you configure. To perform a domain rename operation, you must run the Exchange Domain Rename Fixup tool as an additional, required step. The Exchange Domain Rename Fixup tool does not replace the Windows Server 2003 domain rename tools. Additionally, the Exchange Domain Rename Fixup tool does not extend the functionality of the Windows Server 2003 domain rename tools. You must run Exchange Domain Rename Fixup tool every time that you run the Windows Server 2003 domain rename tool Rendom.exe.

What the Exchange Domain Rename Fixup tool does not do

There are some changes that are not made to your Exchange organization when you use the Exchange Domain Rename Fixup tool. The Exchange Domain Rename Fixup tool does not do the following.

Does not rename your e-mail domain

The Exchange Domain Rename Fixup tool and the Windows Server 2003 domain rename tools do not modify the e-mail domains that are specified in your Exchange recipient policies or that are specified in the user account properties in Active Directory. If you want to modify your e-mail domains, you must do this after the domain rename operation is completed. For additional information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
263845 How to modify recipient settings in Exchange System Manager
822447 How to modify an SMTP e-mail address by using recipient policies

Does not rename your Exchange organization

The Exchange Domain Rename Fixup tool and the Windows Server 2003 domain rename tools do not let you rename your Exchange organization.

Does not merge your Exchange organizations

You cannot use the Exchange Domain Rename Fixup tool or the Windows Server 2003 domain rename tools to merge two Exchange organizations that are in different Active Directory forests into a single Exchange organization.

Prerequisites to rename your domain

Before you use the Windows Server 2003 domain rename tools and the Exchange Domain Rename Fixup tool, the following requirements must be met:
  • All domain controllers must be running Windows Server 2003. Additionally, Active Directory must be at the Windows Server 2003 forest functional level. For more information about forest functional levels, see the Windows domain rename tools documentation and the Windows Server 2003 documentation. To view the current functional levels in Windows, follow these steps:
    1. Start the Active Directory Domains and Trusts tool. To do this, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Domains and Trusts.
    2. Right-click your domain container, and then click Properties.
    3. View the information that appears on the General tab.
    4. If the forest functional level is not set to Windows Server 2003, you must raise the forest functional level.

      Note You cannot raise the forest functional level until your domains are running the Windows Server 2003 domain functional level.
      For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
      322692 How to raise domain and forest functional levels in Windows Server 2003
  • All Exchange Server computers in the organization must be running Exchange Server 2003. You can use the domain rename tools and the Exchange Domain Rename Fixup tool with Exchange Server 2003 only.

    Important The Rendom.exe tool and the XDR-fixup.exe tools are not supported in Exchange 2000 Server or in Exchange Server 5.5. If the Rendom.exe tool detects Exchange 2000 Server computers, the domain rename operation does not continue. However, the Rendom.exe tool does not detect whether Exchange Server 5.5 computers exist. Therefore, do not rename your domain if a domain contains Exchange Server 5.5 computers. Additionally, if Site Replication Service (SRS) is running in the forest, you must remove SRS before you start the domain rename operation. For additional information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    822450 How to remove the last Exchange Server 5.5 computer from an Exchange Server 2003 administrative group
    260781 The Change Mode button is unavailable in the Organization Properties dialog box after you upgrade Exchange Server 5.5 Service Pack 3 to Exchange 2000 Server or to Exchange Server 2003
  • To use the domain rename operation, Exchange Server must not be installed on any domain controllers. If a domain controller is running Exchange Server, you must move the Exchange data from the domain controller, and then remove Exchange Server.
  • To perform the domain rename procedure, the account that you use must have Enterprise Admins user rights. The account that you use must also have Exchange Full Administrator permissions.

Preparing for the domain rename


The following is a list of tasks that you should perform before you rename the domain:
  • Create any necessary shortcut trusts and document all trusts.
  • Prepare DNS zones.
  • Make any Distributed File System (DFS) changes.
  • Prepare member computers.
  • Prepare Certification Authorities.


The XDR-fixup.exe command options

Complete instructions about how to use the XDR-fixup.exe command-line tool as part of the domain rename operation are included in the "Use XDR-fixup.exe together with the domain rename tools" section of this article. The usage of the XDR-fixup.exe command-line tool is as follows.

Command-line usage to run XDR-fixup.exe

XDR-fixup.exe /s:start_domainlist.xml /e:end_domainlist.xml [/user:username /pwd:password | *] [/trace:tracefile] /changes:changescript.ldf /restore:restorescript.ldf [/?]
Note This command is one line. It has been wrapped for readability.

Command-line usage to verify XDR-fixup.exe

Use the following command line to verify the changes that are made by XDR-fixup.exe:
XDR-fixup /verify:restorescript.ldf /changes:verifycorrections.ldf
The following table describes the options that you can use with the XDR-fixup.exe command:
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Option parameterDescription
/s: start_domainlist.xmlThis option specifies the starting topology configuration. The start-domainlist.xml file is the first file that is created by using the Rendom.exe /list command.
/e: end_domainlist.xmlThis option specifies the ending topology configuration. The end_domainlist.xml file is the modified version of the domainlist.xml file that you use in the Rendom/upload command.
/user:usernameThis option specifies the user account that you use to connect to the domain. Use either the UNC format, such as DOMAIN\username, or use the UPN format, such as username@domain.com. If you do not specify this option, the XDR-fixup.exe command connects as the user who is currently logged on.
/pwd:passwordThis option specifies the password for the user account that you specify by using the /user:username option. If you specify an asterisk * with the /pwd option, the XDR-fixup.exe tool prompts you for the correct password.
/trace:tracefileThis option specifies the file that XDR-fixup.exe writes debugging information to.
/changes:changescript.ldfThis option generates the required changes script in the changescript.ldf as LDIF commands. These commands are based on data from the XML input files.
/restore:restorescript.ldfThis option generates a script of required changes to the restorescript.ldf as LDIF commands that are based on data in the XML input files. The file name that you specify should also be used in the verification procedure.
/verify:restorescript.ldfThis option is used in the verification procedure to verify the restorescript.ldf file that was created during the XDR-fixup operation.
/changes:verifycorrections.ldfThis option generates a script of required changes in verifycorrections.ldf during the verification procedure. These are additional changes that must be made to Active Directory.

Use XDR-fixup.exe together with the domain rename tools

To perform a domain rename operation, follow the steps in the "Steps to Perform the Domain Rename Procedure" section and the steps in the "After the Domain Rename Procedure" section in the Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename document together with the supplementary steps that are described in this section of this article. This section of this article lists the steps from the Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename together with the new steps that you must perform to support Exchange Server in the renamed domain. The steps from the Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename document are listed by the original step number and title from that document. The new steps that you must perform to support Exchange Server appear in this article at the location where you must perform each particular step. Additionally, the new steps in this article that you must perform to support Exchange Server in your renamed domain use the term "New Exchange-specific step" in the title. These new Exchange-specific steps include all the following:
  • Two preparation steps that you must perform before you rename the domain.
  • Two additional steps that you must perform during the domain rename operation.
  • Three additional steps that you must perform after the domain rename operation is completed.
To rename your domain, perform these Exchange-specific steps together with the domain rename tools steps in the following order.

New Exchange-specific step A: Remove Exchange from domain controllers

If any domain controllers are running Exchange Server, you must move all the Exchange data from these domain controllers, and then remove Exchange Server before you continue with the domain rename operation. To do this, we recommend that you migrate the Exchange data to another Exchange Server computer, and then remove Exchange Server from the domain controller.

Note It is not sufficient to demote the particular domain controller to the role of member server. You must remove Exchange Server from the particular computer.

For additional support information for Exchange Server 2003, see the Exchange Server 2003 Technical Document Library at the following Microsoft Web site:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb123872.aspx

New Exchange-specific step B: Stop Exchange Server configuration changes

Because Exchange-related services may be unavailable during the domain rename process, stop all Exchange Server administration operations before you rename the domain. If you have made any Exchange Server configuration changes, wait until those changes are replicated throughout the domain before you start the domain rename operation. During the domain rename operation, do not create, remove, rename, or migrate any mailboxes.

After the domain rename operation is completed, and after you have successfully verified the Exchange Server rename operation, you can resume all Exchange Server administrative activities.

Step 1: Back up all domain controllers

Follow the instructions in "STEP 1: Back Up All Domain Controllers" of the Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename document.

Step 2: Set up the control station

Follow the instructions in "STEP 2: Set Up the Control Station" of the Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename document.

Step 3: Generate the current forest description

Generate the current forest description by using the Rendom.exe /list command. To do this, follow the instructions in "STEP 3: Generate the Current Forest Description" of the Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename document.

Step 4: Specify the new forest description

Specify the new forest description for your organization. To do this, follow the instructions in "STEP 4: Specify the New Forest Description" of the Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename document.

Step 5: Generate domain rename instructions

Generate the domain rename instructions by using the Rendom.exe /upload command. To do this, follow the instructions in "STEP 5: Generate Domain Rename Instructions" of the Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename document.

Step 6: Push domain rename instructions to all domain controllers and verify DNS

Follow the instructions in "STEP 6: Push Domain Rename Instructions to All DCs and Verify DNS Readiness" of the Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename document.

Step 7: Verify the readiness of domain controllers

Verify the state of your domain controllers by using the Rendom.exe /prepare command. To do this, follow the instructions in "STEP 7: Verify Readiness of Domain Controllers" of the Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename document.

Step 8: Run the domain rename instructions

Run the domain rename instructions by using the Rendom.exe /execute command. To do this, follow the instructions in "STEP 8: Execute Domain Rename Instructions" of the Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename document.

New Exchange-specific step C: Update the Exchange Server configuration

Run the XDR-fixup command to update the Exchange Server configuration. In Step 8 of the domain rename procedure, you execute the domain rename instructions on every domain controller in the forest. To execute the domain rename instruction script, the control station computer issues a remote procedure call (RPC) to each domain controller in the forest. This RPC causes each domain controller to run the domain rename instructions, and to then restart automatically. After all the domain controllers have restarted, run the XDR-fixup.exe tool to update your Exchange Server configuration.

Prerequisites

All the procedures from "Step 8: Run the domain rename instructions," including the restarting of every one of the domain controllers in the renamed domain, must be completed before you perform this step.

Required authorization level

To complete this step, you must have Exchange Full Administrator permissions.

Actions

To run the XDR-fixup tool, follow these steps:
  1. Wait for all the domain controllers to restart and for domain controller replication to complete throughout the renamed domain.
  2. On the control station computer where the XDR-fixup tool is installed, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Microsoft Exchange, point to Exchange Domain Rename Tool, and then click Exchange Domain Rename Tool.
  3. At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
    XDR-fixup /s:start_domainlist.xml /e:end_domainlist.xml /trace:tracefile /changes:changescript.ldf /restore:restorescript.ldf
    For example, if you configured the XML files by using the default names that are specified in the Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename document, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
    xdr-fixup /s:c:\domainrename\domainlist-save.xml /e:c:\domainlist.xml /trace:tracefile /changes:changescript.ldf /restore:restorescript.ldf
    Note You have to run this step only one time in the forest, and not one time for each Exchange Server computer.
  4. After the XDR-fixup command has completed successfully, log off the control station computer, and then log back on.

    Note The original domain may appear in the Log on to list when you log on the computer. In this scenario, click the newly renamed domain name in the Log on to list when you log on. When you open the Log on to list, the original domain name no longer appears.
  5. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Microsoft Exchange, point to Exchange Domain Rename Tool, and then click Exchange Domain Rename Tool.
  6. At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
    LDIFDE –i –f changescript.ldf
  7. On every server cluster in the renamed domain, run the following command:
    Cluster /priv MSExchange_Domain=DNS_Name_of_renamed_domain
  8. On every cluster node computer, reset the logon account for the Cluster Service. To do this:
    1. Click Start, click Run, type services.msc in the Open box, and then click OK.
    2. Double-click Cluster Service, and then click the Log On tab.
    3. Under Log on as, type the user account by using the UNC format that references the new renamed domain. For example, in the This account box, type the Cluster Service user account in the following format:
      RenamedDomain\Clusteraccountname
    For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    307532 How to troubleshoot the Cluster service account when it modifies computer objects

New Exchange-specific step D: Restart all Exchange Server computers

Prerequisites

All the procedures from "New Exchange-specific step C: Update the Exchange Server configuration" must be completed before you perform this step.

Required authorization level

To complete this step, you must have Exchange Full Administrator permissions.

Actions

Restart every one of the following computers two times:
  • Exchange Server computers.
  • Computers that are running Exchange System Manager.
You must restart each one of these computers two times. This is required to completely flush the original domain name information from server caches and to enable the Exchange-related services to start by using the new, renamed domain name.

Note The "Restart Member Computers" topic in the Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename document instructs you to restart every member server computer two times. However, because you have already restarted every one of the Exchange Server computers and every one of the computers that are running Exchange System Manager two times, you do not have to restart them an additional two times when you follow the instructions in the "Restart Member Computers" topic in the Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename document.

Step 9: Allow modifications to the forest configuration

Allow modifications to the forest by using the instructions in "STEP 9: Unfreeze the Forest Configuration" of the Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename document.

Step 10: Re-establish external trusts

Follow the instructions in "STEP 10: Re-establish External Trusts" of the Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename document.

Step 11: Repair the Distributed File System topology

Follow the instructions in "STEP 11: Fix Distributed File System (DFS) Topology" of the Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename document.

Step 12: Repair Group Policy objects and links

Follow the instructions in "STEP 12: Fix Group Policy Objects and Links" of the Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename document.

After the domain rename procedure is completed

The "After the Domain Rename Procedure" topic in the Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename document lists certain verification steps and tasks that you must perform to make sure that the domain rename operation completed successfully. You must perform three additional Exchange-related steps to verify your Exchange Server installation after the domain rename procedure is completed. The following list displays the sub-topic headings from the "After the Domain Rename Procedure" topic in the Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename document together with the additional Exchange-specific steps that you must perform. These steps are listed in the order that you must perform them:
  • Verify certificate security after domain rename
  • Miscellaneous tasks
  • Back up domain controllers
  • Restart member computers
  • New Exchange-specific step E: Verify Exchange Server rename operation



    After the member computers are restarted, and after replication has completed throughout the domain, identify the Exchange Server computers that did not have their primary DNS suffix settings updated by the domain rename process. By default, domain members have their primary DNS suffix automatically updated when their domain membership changes. However, certain computers may be configured so that the primary DNS suffix does not automatically change when their domain membership changes or when their domain name changes. For additional information about these configuration settings, see the "How to Determine the Primary DNS Suffix Configuration" topic in the Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename document. This step verifies that the Exchange Server computers in your domain have a dynamically-configured primary DNS suffix. To verify the Exchange Server rename and complete the follow-up steps, follow these steps:
    1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Microsoft Exchange, point to Exchange Domain Rename Tool, and then click Exchange Domain Rename Tool.
    2. Type the following command, and then press ENTER:
      XDR-fixup /verify:restorescript.ldf /changes:verifycorrections.ldf
      Note This step identifies Exchange Server computers that were not renamed after the domain rename procedure. You have to perform this step only one time in the forest, and not one time for each Exchange Server computer.
    3. If the XDR-fixup tool returns results to indicate that one or more Exchange Server computers have a primary DNS suffix that is not automatically updated when the domain membership changes, use one of the following methods:
      • If you want the Exchange Server computers to remain configured so that they do not automatically change their primary DNS suffix settings when their domain membership changes, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
        ldifde -i -f verifycorrections.ldf
      • If you want the Exchange Server computer to automatically update the primary DNS suffix when their domain membership changes, follow these steps:
        1. On the Exchange Server computer, click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
        2. Click the Computer Name tab, and then click Change.
        3. Click More, click to select the Change primary DNS suffix when domain membership changes check box, and then click OK.
        4. Restart the computer two times, and then allow sufficient time for all replication to complete. After the computer has restarted two times, and after replication has completed, run the XDR-fixup command from Step 1 again. When you run this command again, ignore the LDF file that the command created previously.
        Note If the XDR-fixup tool indicates that the Exchange Server computer has a static primary DNS suffix assigned, but the Change primary DNS suffix when domain membership changes check box is selected in the DNS Suffix and NetBIOS Computer Name dialog box, make sure that this computer was restarted two times after the Rendom /execute command was run to rename the domain, and that sufficient time has passed to allow replication to complete.
    4. On every RPC over HTTP proxy server, rename the computers that are specified in the ValidPorts registry entry. To do this:
      1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK. Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
        322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
      2. Locate and click the following registry subkey:
        HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Rpc\RpcProxy
      3. In the right pane, double-click ValidPorts.
      4. In the Value data box, modify the computer entries to reflect the new renamed domain, and then click OK.
  • New Exchange-specific step F: Update the Active Directory Connector

    If applicable, update the Active Directory Connector (ADC) in your organization. You can rename a domain where ADC is installed if ADC is used to connect two organizations. Because the domain rename operation is not supported when a forest contains Exchange Server 5.5 computers or Site Replication Service, you cannot rename a domain where ADC is used to connect Exchange Server 5.5 to Exchange Server 2003. If you run ADC with an inter-organizational connection agreement, you must update the trusts and logon accounts that are used by the inter-organizational connection agreement after you rename the domain. To do this:
    1. Remove existing trusts to the domain where the Exchange organization is located, and then create new trusts that reflect the new renamed domain.
    2. Update the ADC service account to reflect the new domain, and then restart the Active Directory Connector Service. To do this:
      1. On the computer where ADC is installed, click Start, click Run, type services.msc in the Open box, and then click OK.
      2. Double-click Microsoft Active Directory Connector, and then click the Log On tab.
      3. Under Log on as, modify the service account by using the UNC format that references the new renamed domain.

        For example, in the This account box, type the service account in the following format:
        RenamedDomain\ServiceAccountName
      4. Click OK, right-click Microsoft Active Directory Connector, and then click Restart.
    3. For every inter-organizational connection agreement, update the Active Directory account information. To do this:
      1. On the computer where ADC is installed, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Microsoft Exchange, and then click Active Directory Connector.
      2. Click Active Directory Connector (Servername).
      3. In the right pane, right-click an inter-organizational connection agreement, and then click Properties.
      4. Click the Connections tab, and then click Modify under Windows Server information.
      5. In the Connect as box, type the account credentials in the UNC format that reflects the new renamed domain. For example, in the Connect as box, type the account credentials in the following format:
        RenamedDomain\AccountName
      6. Type the account password in the Password box, and then click OK two times.
    4. For every connection agreement, update both the source computer container(s) and the destination computer container(s). To do this:
      1. On the computer where ADC is installed, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Microsoft Exchange, and then click Active Directory Connector.
      2. Click Active Directory Connector (Servername).
      3. In the right pane, right-click a connection agreement, and then click Properties.
      4. If the replication direction includes the From Windows to Exchange direction, click the From Windows tab, and make a note of the organizational units that appear in the Windows Organizational Units list. Click Remove to remove each organizational unit. Click Add to add each of the organizational units that you want to use from the new renamed domain. Click OK to close the properties of the inter-organizational connection agreement.
      5. If the replication direction includes the From Exchange to Windows direction, click the From Exchange tab , click Modify, click the organizational unit that you want to use from the new renamed domain, and then click OK two times.
  • Attribute clean-up after domain rename (Rendom.exe /clean). Before you perform this procedure, review the prerequisites found in the "Attribute Clean-up After Domain Rename" section in the Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename document.
  • Rename domain controllers (optional)
  • New Exchange-specific step G: Domain controller rename operation follow-up

    If you rename your domain controllers as described in the "Rename Domain Controllers (Optional)" topic in the Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename document, follow these steps:
    1. Modify the Recipient Update Service to connect to the newly renamed domain controller to update objects in Active Directory. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
      288807 Troubleshooting the Recipient Update Service
    2. If any domain controllers are statically assigned as directory service (DSAccess) servers, repair the registry keys that specify these DSAccess domain controllers. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
      250570 Directory service server detection and DSAccess usage
    3. If e-mail messages remain in the message queues on one or more of your Exchange Server computers and appear to be "stuck" on those computers, restart the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) service on those affected computers. To restart the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) service:
      1. Click Start, click Run, type services.msc in the Open box, and then click OK.
      2. Right-click Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), and then click Restart.

Errors and event logs

During the domain rename process, all domain controllers in a forest are restarted. If Exchange Server computers are running during this time, one or more of the following events may be logged. You can ignore these error events.
  • Event source: DSAccess
    Event IDs: 2102, 2103, and 2104
  • Event source: MSExchangeAL
    Event IDs: 8206 and 8260
  • Event source: MSExchangeSA
    Event IDs: 9154 and 9188
Typically, you should be concerned only with event log errors that appear after the whole domain rename process has been completed.

Additionally, the trace file that is generated when you run the XDR-fixup command may contain additional information to help you troubleshoot an error condition. Typically, these errors include misspelled or incorrect user credentials. In this scenario, log off the computer, and then log back on the computer before you run the XDR-fixup command. Additionally, run the XDR-fixup command soon after you run the domain rename tools. Do not allow a long time to pass between the time that you run the domain rename tools and the time that you run the XDR-fixup.exe tool.

REFERENCES

For additional information about how to use the Windows Server 2003 domain rename tools, see both the following documents:
  • The Understanding How Domain Rename Works document.
  • The Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Domain Rename document.
To obtain these documents, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/bb405948.aspx


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Article ID: 842116 - Last Review: November 27, 2007 - Revision: 5.7
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