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Hello,

I"m try to change win 2k server computer name but when i click on MyComputer / proerties / network identification the properties button is disabled !
or should i rename the computer name from different place ?

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Asi

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In Windows 2000, there are a class of servers called Domain Controllers that host Active Directory.  There is a FSMO Role (stands for Flexible Single Master Operator) known as the PDC Emulator.  As background, that's what a PDC is in Active Directory.  Unlike Windows NT, each Domain Controller in a Windows 2000 domain has a writeable copy of the directory.  These servers that host copies of the directory cannot change their name like standard member servers.  The only way you can do this would be to run the DCPROMO utility (included on all Windows 2000 Servers) and bring it down to become a member server.  Then you can rename it.

Some considerations before you do this, though:

1. If this is the only Directory Server in your environment, promoting this server down will completely remove your directory, and when you promote it back up, you'll be bringing up a blank directory.  Performing a restore of the data would need to be done, but that has unique difficulties of its own since you've changed the server name.
2. If you simply want to change the server name from newcomp.companyname.com.local to goodoldboy.companyname.com.local, you'll have to do what I mention in step one.  If you want to totally change the name and have it just be goodoldboy, then what you're really doing is renaming the entire domain, which also can't be done natively without deleting and rebuilding the domain.  I know some of these features are coming in Windows 2003, but for Win2K, it's not an option.
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