Dotted (period) NetBIOS Domain Name issues

I inherited a Dotted Netbios Domain Name. Technically it is allowed, but it is not recommended. With every new version of software, I cringe in fear that it will come back to bite us again. For example:

  1. Moving from Exchange 2003 to 2010 was a problem for a while, but it seemed to been resolved and we migrated from 2003 to 2010 with out issue.
  2. When I tried to upgrade SCCM 2007 to SP 2, it failed as I describe in this thread. I had to install fresh from a slipstreamed  installer.
  3. Most recently, when I try to install CRM 2011 in our dotted domain, it failed. In my reading yesterday, I realized Rollup 4 has the following: “When the NetBIOS name of the domain contains a period (.), the installation of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 fails.”
    • I still can’t add a new organization, but I was able to restore an organization from a dev server in a non-dotted netbios domain.
  4. I will add more as I find them.
The problem seems to be that with each new installer, the developers assume that if there is a period in the domain name, then the user has supplied a FQDN by accident.


2 Responses to Dotted (period) NetBIOS Domain Name issues

  1. James February 27, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    I have the same issue with upgrading to sccm 2012 sp1, how did you get around your sccm 2007 issue?


  2. jbmurphy February 27, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    I had to use the slip streamed version with the service pack included. Basically a re-install (if I remember correctly). I have not moved to 2012 to know what kind of issues I am going to have.