Safe to change computer names in Windows Server 2003 environment?
Posted on 2009-05-18
I had a general question about the naming of computers in a Windows Server 2003 network. Each computer can have a name on the network, obviously, and this name is tied to it for DNS purposes. Several of the computers names here are named after Mortal Kombat characters or other ridiculous stuff, I was interested in renaming the workstations to more useful names such as "Conference1", "Conference2", etc...
Would renaming the machines in My Computer affect anything seriously as far as Active Directory or Group Policy is concerned? I wouldn't mind re-adding the computers by name to their appropriate AD group, I just wanted to make sure I understand what doing this would affect before I do.