Accidentally Renamed Default-First-Site-Name

Andrew LaPierre alapierre at
Thu Feb 12 14:59:16 MST 2015

I should mention I'm running Samba 4.1.6-Ubuntu version. Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS.

Andrew LaPierre
Information Technology Director
Georgia-Cumberland Conference

On Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 4:34 PM, Andrew LaPierre <alapierre at>

> Ok, so it wasn't an accident, but it seemed so harmless!
> I had an old Samba4 DC that I was testing to go production with but never
> flipped the switch. I have time to make the switch now so I figured it
> would be good to start with a clean, updated server. I setup a new Ubuntu
> 14.04 server, joined it to the domain and replicated everything over.
> Things were running smoothly until I wanted to demote the old server. I
> tried transferring the FSMO roles but they wouldn't move, I eventually shut
> down the old server and seized the roles successfully. According to the
> wiki, there is no way to demote an offline server using Samba4 so I had to
> use Windows tools. I started following a guide to clean up the metadata
> from Microsoft. I opened the Active Directory Sites and Services, noticed
> the ugly name of "Default-First-Site-Name" and thought I should name that
> something different. Well...apparently that's a bad idea (why does
> Microsoft allow me to do such a dangerous thing without even a warning??)
> So now I can't get onto anything, is there a way to change that name back
> to "Default-First-Site-Name" through the terminal?
> Thanks for your help!!

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