Two names associated to one computer

Posted on 2007-09-28
Last Modified: 2013-11-30
I had to switch two of our user's computers and rename them on the network. Our network uses a domain.
So heres the problem,
Now one of the computers has two names associated to it (lets call them A and B, B is the name for the other computer). I can't get it to unassociate B from that computer so I can use it for the other computer.
I probably haven't explained it quite well as it stands but a round or two of question and answer should clear it up. Thanks!
Question by:strungout132
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    Accepted Solution

    That is very confusing. If you are renaming computer A to computer B you will first have to rename computer B and then delete the old computer account from Active Directory. After that is done you can rename computer A to the old name of computer B.

    Author Comment

    Ahh ok, thats what i was thinking.
    It's weird though, if I ping computer A, i can use both A and B's name for the same computer. Would deleting the computer from AD solve it?

    Author Comment

    Forgot to add, computer B currently has another name as i couldnt name it what it was supposed to be.
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    Assisted Solution

    Please correct me.

    In my understanding the name is refering to NETBIOS NAME right?

    You cannot join computer on a domain with the same name.

    Try to remove the two computer on the windows domain and then join again.

    Can you post computer A and B's Fully Qualified Domain Name?

    I hope this helps


    Author Comment

    Alright, i removed computer A from the domain and active directory. Then I rejoined the domain and named computer A accordingly. Then computer B accepted the new name flawlessly.
    The pinging issue i was having was solved by "ipconfig /flushdns" and "nbtstat -RR".

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