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Change Computer/domain name in Server 2000

Posted on 2004-04-30
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I have a server that is named "components"  and, I need to change the name of the server and the domain to "compsales".  
The main reason that I need to is becasue the old computer guy before me wrote a program that is looking for the "compsales" server in order to work.  
I ahev tried to chnge the name by right clicking on both my computer nd my network places, but it says that I can't change the computer or the domain name.  
Does anybody know if a way that I can change the name and domain of the server?
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it sounds like you are trying to change the name and domain of a domain controller... is that correct?i beleive you will have to destroy the domain and then recreate it (if this is your only domain controller)... which has a few drawbacks such as user accounts becoming invalid....

if the server is just a member server you should be able to change that if you are logged in with an administrative account.... if the server is one of multiple domain controllers you can go to start---run--dcpromo to demote the server and remove active directory.... after that you can reboot, run dcpromo again and create a new domain....

one thing you can try to do is to use dns to create a cname record that can point to your dc....
if the program uses dns to find the server you can create a new zone in dns using the name that the program is looking for.... in that zone you can create cname record using the name that the program is looking for and  have the cname record point to the server....

worth a try...
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my apologies.... chech out the following link....

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=292541
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