How long can a Windows computer name be in active directory?

I understand that NetBIOS has a 15 character limit, but can a computer in AD have a longer name and still work?

victor2008Asked:
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thabashConnect With a Mentor Commented:
take this example if you talking about the actual computer name then suppose you have

managementcomputer01
and
managementcomputer02

Then the first 15 characters are the same. in the both pcs
 If you create Two computers line this the NETBOIS names will both be managementcomputer- which would lead to "A computer with the same name already exists" error in they are on the same subnet.

Note this only applies to the actual name not the FQDN. eg Computer1.management.mycompany.com and
Computer2.management.mycompany.com are OK
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thabashCommented:
Although the maximum length of an Active Directory distinguished name (registry UID) is 2048, the maximum length of each relative distinguished name (RDN) is 64.

see the column of Microsoft® Active Directory Server
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/tivihelp/v2r1/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.itame.doc/am61_admin594.htm
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thabashCommented:
it only 15 character in the NETBIOS
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/909264
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stokerbrittCommented:
Yes it will still work, with windows networking, as long as your running servers above 2000.
Though it is preferable to have shorter names.
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victor2008Author Commented:
Thanks everyone! thabash, from your article, looks like I can have computer names up to 64 characters.  Is that correct? If i don't use many legacy computer applications relying on the NetBIOS, I'm ok going over 15 character, correct?
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victor2008Author Commented:
Thanks! I want to use a long computer name that describes the computer location, but I also don't want "A computer with the same name already exists". So, sounds like if I use a long FQDN longer then 15 characters, I will still get the error  "A computer with the same name already exists" with computers on the same subnet, correct? Therefore, I must stay within the 15 character limit.
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thabashCommented:
its better to stay in the safe site
and i advice if you do small lab in your department, and try variuos length and see the affect of that

its only an advice
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