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CRM 2011 - Is it possible to change the AD domain on an existing CRM instance? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I'm doing a proof of concept implementation in CRM 2011. Our test CRM instance has been setup on our corporate domain. The result is that its nearly impossible for me to test multiple users since it would require adding fake accounts to AD.

    Is it possible to point this CRM instance to a different internal domain?If so, how?

    I dont mind losing the few test users that I already have since its just a sandboxed environment. Setting up trust between the corporate domain and the test one is not likely to happen though due to security concerns.

     

     

    Friday, June 10, 2011 2:33 PM

Answers

  • The general mechanism is to:

    • Install CRM on a server in the new domain
    • Use SQL backup / restore (or copy database) to put the MSCRM database onto a SQL Server in the new domain
    • Use CRM Deployment Manager to import the MSCRM database as a new organisation

    Microsoft CRM MVP - http://mscrmuk.blogspot.com  http://www.excitation.co.uk
    • Marked as answer by Giablo Friday, June 10, 2011 8:32 PM
    Friday, June 10, 2011 5:51 PM
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  • Hi Giablo,

    Its not possible to change existing CRM instance to a new AD domains. Restoring the Microsoft CRM databases into a different domain is not possible due to GUID relationship for Organizational Unit, Users, database(s), etc,. Each domain within Active Directory will have its own GUIDs.

    Instead of that, take the back up of CRM instance and do a fresh installation copy into new AD domain then call the existing crm instance.

    Here, Your main concern is about Test Users If so, take the back up of that users and do import in to the crm system. Its little bit tedious process but this is the way the security for CRM.

    If not Microsoft has the technique to use UAG/IAG concept as Forefront. go through:

    http://www.microsoft.com/forefront/unified-access-gateway/en/us/faq.aspx

     

     


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    Friday, June 10, 2011 3:43 PM
  • The general mechanism is to:

    • Install CRM on a server in the new domain
    • Use SQL backup / restore (or copy database) to put the MSCRM database onto a SQL Server in the new domain
    • Use CRM Deployment Manager to import the MSCRM database as a new organisation

    Microsoft CRM MVP - http://mscrmuk.blogspot.com  http://www.excitation.co.uk
    • Marked as answer by Giablo Friday, June 10, 2011 8:32 PM
    Friday, June 10, 2011 5:51 PM
    Moderator
  • Thank you!

    Friday, June 10, 2011 8:33 PM