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I have a server that's a part of a workgroup.  I need to join it to a domain and rename it.  Preferably, both would happen at the same time.  The script I was using was:  

REM Asks for computer name and domain name
SET /P BRANCH_NO="Enter branch number: "
SET /P DOMAINNAME="Enter domain name: "
SET /P USERNAME="Enter domain username: "
SET /P PASSWORD="Enter password: "

REM Joins server to the domain
netdom join /d:%DOMAINNAME% localhost /ud:%DOMAINNAME%\%USERNAME% /pd:%PASSWORD%  /force >> c:\domain.txt

REM Renames server to isb-brXXXfs
netdom renamecomputer localhost /newname:isb-br%BRANCH_NO%fs /userd:administrator >> c:\domain.txt

The first part joins the domain but the command requires someone to enter Y or N.  I tried /force but that doesn't work.  Also tried putting a Y in at the end of the domain command but then I get an error.  Any suggestions?
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Okay, so I have the script.  



REM Asks for computer name and domain name
SET /P BRANCH_NO="Enter branch number: "
SET /P DOMAINNAME="Enter domain name including TLD: "
SET /P USERNAME="Enter domain username in format domain\administrator: "
SET /P PASSWORD="Enter password: "

REM Joins server to the domain
netdom join localhost /Domain:%DOMAINNAME% /UserD:%USERNAME% /PasswordD:%PASSWORD% >> c:\domain.txt

REM Renames server to isb-brXXXfs
netdom renamecomputer localhost /NewName:isb-br%BRANCH_NO%fs /UserD:%USERNAME% /PasswordD:%PASSWORD% /force >> c:\domain.txt

REM Reboots the server to make the changes permanent.
shutdown -r -t 05 -c "System rebooting in 5 seconds"



But the problem is that whenever I run the second part of the script, I get the following error.  This is because obviously the computer account in AD already exists.  How can I run this script so it overwrites the existing computer account?  The thing is, this script will be run during a multi-server deployment, and the names will be created in AD already for later easier management.

The account already exists.
The command failed to complete successfully.

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Joseph Daly earned 500 total points
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I would think that as long as you reset the computer account in active directory before attempting to join the computer to the domain you should be ok. Something along the lines of

dsquery computer -samid {computername} | dsmod computer -reset

This should reset the computer account and allow you to join it to the domain without the error above.
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Thanks for the accept. Did this work correctly for you?
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