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Not an exact apples to apples comparison, but here it is...... I used the following link to backup and restore. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/erica/archive/2013/11/26/customer-question-renaming-site-collections-in-sharepoint-2013.aspx I used the powershell script under paragraph "Move Site Collection from Test to Prod". Backup-SPSite ...
SharePoint itself only "authorizes" account access so it has to be aware of the authentication source you use. In this case that is Active Directory. So any account you use must exist in Active Directory. The exception is if you have Anonymous access enabled - in which case SharePoint will grant access to any user or service requesting data from it. ...
What you describe is actually the recommended way to change a web application's URL. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262366(v=office.15).aspx Essentially, the process is to go to CA, remove the site from IIS (you can safely leave the IIS site to preserve your web.config changes) then re-extend to the default zone.
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