Win 2003 - Changed computer name and Administrator name automatically changed.  Normal?

Posted on 2009-04-21
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I changed my computer name from  StiMachine06 to StiMachine03 and I noticed that the default Administrator username changed from StiMachine06Adm to StiMachine03Adm.

Has anyone ever had this happen to them?
Question by:TedgCl
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    That is probably a policy or script of some kind that automatically renames the local administrator account to include the machine name; it's not a standard feature.
    There's a setting in Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options, "Accounts: rename administrator"; this could be set to "%Computername%Adm" (never tried if you could actually use environment variables in there, but i wouldn't exlcude it).
    It could be done in a startup script as well; the local administrator account can still be found because the SID always ends with -500.
    You can use a
    gpresult /scope computer /v
    or rsop.msc to check which policies are applied to the machine.

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