Domain Rename Unsuccessful

We have a single label AD domain with one Exchange 2003 server. We want to get to Exchange 2010. We went through the process of the domain rename operation yesterday using the 2003 rendom tools on a 2003 control station and it does not appear to have worked.

2003 functional level
2 - 2003 domain controllers
2 - 2012 R2 domain controllers
1 - 2003 Exchange server
All clients are WinXP or Win7
Domain name is abcde and we want to get to abcde.local
The NetBIOS name can remain the same.

LDAP lookups still work with old domain naming convention but not with the new one.
We are considering restoring the system state on all domain controllers to before we started.
Any help or a step by step would be greatly appreciated. There has got to be an easier way.



We are considering restoring the system state on all domain controllers to before we started.

I suggest you do this and see if you can get back to your original domain name. It is a very complicated undertaking - one that I would not do. Can you live with your existing name?

I have looked at the following Microsoft Article before and backed away.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/bb405948.aspx



We are considering restoring the system state on all domain controllers to before we started.

I suggest you do this and see if you can get back to your original domain name. It is a very complicated undertaking - one that I would not do. Can you live with your existing name?

I have looked at the following Microsoft Article before and backed away.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/bb405948.aspx



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Mr Wolfe
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We have to do this to get to Exchange 2010.

Am I wrong?



Here are the current results from rendom /list


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02be16a8-b594-401c-a5b6-d6fcca2c59a4
ForestDnsZones.********.local



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e51c27c5-603f-4567-8b75-bfd6ffea06e0
DomainDnsZones.********.local



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969f2f93-e2ad-49ac-92f9-c5c861fd5e84
DomainDnsZones.********



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18d643b3-c41c-4a6c-82e8-8314c4640638
ForestDnsZones.********



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36b93f66-4141-4199-998e-9c65e6653ab6
recordtrak
********




I have not needed to change domain names to get to the next level up of server. By now, however, all my clients are using hosted Exchange, so I have not had to move Exchange. Even for Exchange, I was under the impression there was not need to change.

I cannot tell explicitly from log, but it appears you might be trying to remove "local" from the systems. Is this what you wished to do?

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