Can be a lot of work, and there's nothing wrong with an old domain if it's been well managed. If, on the other hand, it's full of legacy accounts, GPOs scattered throughout and with cryptic names and a bird's nest of permissions scrapping it can be easier.
Originally Posted by p-dave
If you're going to be creating a completely new domain it may even be simpler to just install a brand new Exchange server - you're going to need to recreate the user accounts anyway so why not start with a clean slate?
If this is worth it how easy would it be to move exchange across to the new domain? Plus at the same time, upgrade it to 2010
Within reason. Usually it's best to avoid a .local domain, and also can be worthwhile avoiding any domain extensions which are registered (.com etc) for internal use.
Can a new domain name be anything?
ockendon.school? ockendon.internal? Keeping the e-mail accounts as ockendon.thurrock.sch.uk and your actual domain name different isn't a problem. They don't have to have the same name.
What would you suggest? At the moment it is the same has our website ockendon.thurrock.sch.uk, same for the email accounts too. We would need to be to keep the email accounts the same domain, can this be done? Has the domain wouldn't be the same name.
Not at all. You won't be making your internal domain accessible directly from the internet (hopefully) so you can use anything. I know of one person who set up their internal company domain as microsoft.com.
Plus for the new domain do, you actually need to own the website domain? Sorry if this sounds so stupid
I don't know anything about Serco, but if you're virtualising I don't see why you'd need to move them all on to a single server. Probably best to avoid if you can.
One last question actually how hard would it be to migrate serco and sims onto one server? At the moment we have three admin servers (different domain)
As said, it can be a lot of work. You need to work out the structure, GPOs, groups, create the users, and so on. Good fun to do though.
I think if we was to upgrade the newest server and install 2008r2 on it. Vm for sims and and vm for serco and the last vm for anything else like domain controller, dns, dhcp, file server etc... Also how hard would that be to create onto a new domain?
Again, if you're going to virtualise you don't really need to put everything on one server.
So I theory 3 servers to one on the admin network (dumping two)
Servers are like rabbits. You start with a few and before you know it they've multipled to fill several rooms.
Umm still a fair few from 15 to 11
Plus most of them should be put down, but people won't because they're so cute and fluffy.
(Analogy failed a little at the end there, but oh well.)