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I need to rename multiple computers, I know in a 2003 domain you can you netdom to do it. However the netdom in Windows 2000 does not seem to have this functionalilty and searching the MS KB has not turned up anything.

The environment is 1 Windows 2000 Server running AD/DC and Exchange

I know it might be easier to walk to each station and rename them but I am preparing for a much larger network which will require the same procedure.

Thanks for any help

Jeremy
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by:Lee W, MVP
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So what's the problem with using the 2003 version?  (Actually, I remember using this on an NT4 machine, so I don't think there should be a problem).
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Didn't think they would be compatible, I tried installing the 2003 support tools on the 2000 server and I gave an error stating that it had to be 2003 Server to install. But I guess I could try just coping the netdom.exe file and see if it will work.
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2000/2003/XP are all based on NT - they SHOULD be compatible for all tools, though there are instances where they are not.  Most of the incompatible ones will be GUI based... try it... I'm 99% certain it will work.
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when running netdom from 2003 on 2000 i get the procedure entry point NetAddAlternateComputerName could not be located in the dynamic link library NETAPI32.dll.

do I need to copy this file from 2003 and register it?
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I'd look for the file first - make sure it's not there.... you can try that - but I URGE you to try it on a test machine first.

I found this:
http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windows.server.scripting/browse_thread/thread/32b6a5bb8fb83359/7bb987790ce9b04c?lnk=st&q=netdom+netapi32.dll&rnum=4#7bb987790ce9b04c

It would seem netdom is one of those tools that is not compatible - with exceptions as noted in the link above.
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