Changing Computer Name


Hi,
  We have RIS running on Windows server 2003 network. We have Active Directory where we have computer accounts from A-Z. RIS is installing image with randomly generated computer names. When I try to change the name of computer let us say computer B it gives the error that account already exist. Actually computer B is the computer on which I am installing image.

I do not see any problem of changing name when I install O/S using windows XP CD on computer B.

Any idea whre we need to confugre RIS to allow us to chnage computer name?

Thank You

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TheCleanerCommented:
In the RIS setup if you choose "Custom Setup" you should be allowed to specify the computer name and the OU (the Distinguished Name actually).

More info:

http://redmondmag.com/columns/article.asp?EditorialsID=509
http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/Library/fcb9e0df-52b8-4e5a-a433-ec5b07be9b9f1033.mspx

NOTE:  You'll need to "enable" the custom setup, it's not allowed by default...

http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/Library/065e3e57-b15e-4401-8545-be490efd7a661033.mspx (talks about enabling the custom setup menu option through GPOs)

Or step-by-step:

Edit your Default GPO Policy (default domain, or whichever policy has your RIS options)

Under User Configuration -->Windows Setting --> Ris Option

Choices Option

Enable custom



Hope that helps.

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