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Unable to rename a computer on domain, error

Windows XP SP3 on a Windows 2003 Server Standard domain.
Need to rename one of our user's computers, when I do this by going to system properties, computer name, change;  I type in a new computer name, then I get prompted for domain credentials for the change.  After entering credentials I get an error:

The following error ocurred attempting to rename computer:
Remote procedure call failed

Any ideas?
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maingateinc
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Darius GhassemCommented:
Make sure you client is only pointing to your internal DNS servers and not any external DNS servers in it's TCP\IP properties. Also, your servers should only be pointing to internal DNS servers in their TCP\IP properties. Can you ping the domain?
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digitalmindsCommented:
Renaming a workstation while it's joined to the domain renames both the comupter and the AD object.  The changes are not synchronized -- sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.  

Unjoin it, rename it, then rejoin it.
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maingateincAuthor Commented:
Well I unjoined but now I can't rejoin.
I get an error:
A domain controller for the domain "company-domain name" could not be contacted.  Ensure that the domain is typed correctly.

The name is typed correctly, I can ping the primary and secondary domain controllers, I can open RDP sessions into them, I can open UNC paths into them i.e. \\server1
I have released/renewed IP addresses, I have flushed dns, I have manually reset the TCP/IP stack.
Other computers are not having this problem, only this computer - and it's a new laptop, freshly loaded with XP pro.

No matter what I've tried I cannot get back on the domain
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maingateincAuthor Commented:
This doesn't make ANY sense.  When I try to join the domain I get prompted for domain credentials which obviously means the computer is talking to the domain controllers.  Then it just comes back with an error:

A domain controller for the domain "company-domain name" could not be contacted.  Ensure that the domain is typed correctly.
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maingateincAuthor Commented:
Well whatever here's what I did before it worked:
Deleted computers record in AD (even though I changed the name when I temporarily added it to a workgroup)
Manually input DNS server, and only used ONE DNS server rather than 2 just in case it was being crabby about some sort of loopback
Then (and I think this was critical) I opened UNC paths to the primary and secondary domain controllers from the run box \\10.20.30.20 and \\10.20.30.33 (in my case) and I opened shared folders which prompted me for credentials.
Also I disabled Windows Firewall early on in this process
After that, joined domain again and it worked
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Darius GhassemCommented:
Well it is working.
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