In this tutorial, we will see how to rename domain controller in the “rules of the art”.
The name change happens in several times, here is a summary:
- Add a secondary name to the DC
- Permutation of the secondary name in primary
- Deleting the secondary name
In an environment with multiple domain controllers, it is advisable to ensure that replication is effective across all DCs between each step.
Change the name of a domain controller
The following commands are to be executed on the controller to rename as Administrator.
Add a secondary name:
netdom computername dc-old-name.dom.loc /add:dc-new-name-secondary.dom.loc
It is possible to check that the command is taken into account by looking at the Active Directory attribute msDS-AdditionalDnsHostName.
Passer le nom secondaire en primaire :
netdom computername dc-old-name.dom.loc /makeprimary:dc-new-name-secondary.dom.loc
Restart the server to take into account the name change.
Delete the old name:
netdom computername dc-new-name-secondary.dom.loc /remove:dc-old-name.dom.loc
It is possible to display the names with the following command:
netdom computername dc-name.dom.loc /enumerate