Solved

The following error occured attempting to rename the computer to "??????" The account already exists.

Posted on 2003-11-11
4
4,085 Views
Last Modified: 2011-03-03
I am having trouble renaming a certain machine on the network the following error keeps appearing. The following error occured attempting to rename the computer to "??????" The account already exists. I have already flushed the dns and I am unable to tracert that computer name. It appears not to exist.

Please Help

Thank you
0
Comment
Question by:longrealtycompany
4 Comments
 
LVL 44

Expert Comment

by:CrazyOne
ID: 9724615
http://www.computing.net/windows2000/wwwboard/forum/52493.html

First of all, Are you sure its a server, which operating system is it ?
Because if it is a Domain Controller, then its impossible to change the computer name, But if its a normal Member server, meaning, not a domain controller , then you can change the name.

Secondly, yes your right, you have to restart to again change the name.


Extra: if it was Windows 2003, and a domain controller, then you can change the name of that server, But remember , not in Windows 2000.

LOL, if you get confused, just read the mail from the top again...
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:longrealtycompany
ID: 9724699
O/S is WINDOWS XP and the machine is just a client on the network. I have had no problem renaming all other clients on the network just this particular one. it keeps telling me that name already exists, while I can not find that particular name anywhere on the network. Is there anything that I am missing on how to clear an old machine name from the network?

Thank You
0
 
LVL 5

Accepted Solution

by:
vtobusman earned 250 total points
ID: 9724907
Take the troubled computer off the network then re-name it and put it back onto the network
this works if you are NOT running a domain setup..

however if you are running a domain setup then tr removing the computer name from active directory.... using the active director users and computers.....

  hope this helps... good luck
 
0
 

Expert Comment

by:ewchartech
ID: 9743910
You will need to reset the computer in active directory Domain Computers on the domain contoller.
0

Featured Post

6 Surprising Benefits of Threat Intelligence

All sorts of threat intelligence is available on the web. Intelligence you can learn from, and use to anticipate and prepare for future attacks.

Join & Write a Comment

We recently endured a series of broadcast storms that caused our ISP to shut us down for brief periods of time. After going through a multitude of tests, we determined that the issue was related to Intel NIC drivers on some new HP desktop computers …
I'm a big fan of Windows' offline folder caching and have used it on my laptops for over a decade.  One thing I don't like about it, however, is how difficult Microsoft has made it for the cache to be moved out of the Windows folder.  Here's how to …
Internet Business Fax to Email Made Easy - With eFax Corporate (http://www.enterprise.efax.com), you'll receive a dedicated online fax number, which is used the same way as a typical analog fax number. You'll receive secure faxes in your email, fr…
This demo shows you how to set up the containerized NetScaler CPX with NetScaler Management and Analytics System in a non-routable Mesos/Marathon environment for use with Micro-Services applications.

705 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

21 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now