Hi, I am putting together a Windows Server 2012 network and need to choose a domain name before I can do anything else. What type of format is recommended? I have heard that anything with a .local suffix will do. So then would google.local also do? Won't that have conflicts and cause problems though? Of course I wouldn't want to choose google.local but it is an example. If I choose xxx.local won't that conflict with xxx.com or xxx.net which may be on the outside world? Also while initially my network, which by the way will consist for one server and two PCs (Windows 8) and numerous virtual machines, will be closed to the outside world, eventually I may want to open it up, i.e. have a web server. Also I would want a VPN to the outside world, so that I can access my network securely form a Wi-Fi hotspot for example. And if I do decide to get a web server and buy a domain name then can the local domain name of Windows be independent of the web domain name? Also is it easy to change the Windows domain name in future? Or a hassle? Any advice and recommendations will be most appreciated. Thanks.