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Command line utility to change computer name

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I want to change a windows 2000 computer name while running script. What command would I use.  This is before it joins a domain but after sysprep is ran.  

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This is for XP but it should work for Win2000
HOW TO: Use the Netdom.exe Utility to Rename a Computer in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q298593&sd=tech
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Never mind you have have install Netdom.exe before you can uses it
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If you do not enter a value in the SYSPREP.INF file for the ComputerName in the [UserData] section, SYSPREP will allow you to enter the name of the system during the Minisetup wizard prior to the system being added to the domain if you have automated it during that portion of SYSPREP.

Refer to this article for more details:  http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/reskit/en-us/default.asp?url=/windows2000/techinfo/reskit/en-us/deploy/dggb_aut_cwrh.asp
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adonis - Unless the functionality you mention was included in one of the Win2K service packs the link you provided is only for XP/2K3.  Good info to have though.  =-)
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of course
Export the regkey in the same script, and then you can just change it with this value
for example HKEY\LOCAL..\Control\computername="%r%"

Else you just echo that info into a new file, that you name .reg and import afterwards


for example:
put part to create variable here:
randname.exe

then:
echo [REGEDIT4] >>newfile.reg
echo. >>newfile.reg
echo HKEY\LOCAL..\Control\computername="%r%" >>newfile.reg

and then regedit /S newfile.reg


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as CO said, netdom does it. Its part of 2000 Resource CD.
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