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hi experts , i changed the name on a windows server 2003 , that is in a domain, this was a mistake , now i would like to change the name back , but it will not let me do this , the "change" button is greyed out and says" name cannot be changed do to a certificate" i reinstalled tcp/ip no difference , i have admin rights any. this is a new server with no data . any ideas on how to change the full computer name
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Remove the computer from the domain and make it part of a workgroup.  Then go into the Win2003 server and delete the computer name.  Then you can rejoin the domain with the same name.
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can you go through some basic steps for me to accomplish "remove from domain and make it part of workgroup" . because right now it won't let me change any thing with computer name

thanks
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On the XP Machine:

1. Restart the computer.  It won't let you make multiple changes to domains, names etc.

2. Go to My computer --> right-click properties --> Computer Name --> Change

3. Member of workgroup --> Some Name --> OK --> OK

4. Restart

On your Win2003 Server:

5. Go under Start --> Administrative Tools --> Active Directory Users and Computers

6. Find the original computer name under one of the folders and delete it.

Back on the XP Machine:

7. Go to My computer --> right-click properties --> Computer Name --> Change

8. Member of domain--> Your Domain

9. Enter domain administrator username/password.

You should be good to go.
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You might have a DNS host A record of the computer when it was named before. You may also have a computer or Domain controller GUI in Active directory. When you change the domain name, it looks in your server's Active directory to see if anyone has that name. I think it also looks in DNS records to see if you have a duplicate name. Just delete the GUI out of Active direcotory and the DNS record out of DNS. Then make sure all Domain controllers have those two records removed.

John
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