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Renaming Project: how many reboots are necessary?

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I'm new at rolling out images so I don't know much.  I receive instructions from our "CIO", who works out of another city.  The advantage I have over him is that I *know* I don't know much.

He would like us to rename all of our location's workstations and then reimage them.  They are running Windows 2000 and Active Directory.

So that he can rest assured that there will be no errors in the future, he wants us to use three reboots in this process: 1)unjoin from the domain and reboot.  2)rename and reboot  3)join the domain, reboot.

I have 500 workstations, these reboots add up to alot of time.

Three question:
1) is he right to require three reboots?
2) if he isn't, can someone tell me what's happening in the innards of Active Directory and why fewer reboots would work just as well?  
3) if I wrote a script where Sysprep prompts me to enter the new Computer Name, could I safely get away with only one reboot?

The more definitive the answer, the easier it will be to convince him.  He's very conservative and would prefer to err on the side of safety, nevermind that he wastes all of our time.

Thanks!
amserv

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