Solved

Script to rename a member server for Windows Server 2008 R2

Posted on 2010-08-23
3
558 Views
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
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?
0
Comment
Question by:sedberg1
  • 2
3 Comments
 

Author Comment

by:sedberg1
ID: 33505403
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.

0
 
LVL 35

Accepted Solution

by:
Joseph Daly earned 500 total points
ID: 33505982
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.
0
 
LVL 35

Expert Comment

by:Joseph Daly
ID: 33521615
Thanks for the accept. Did this work correctly for you?
0

Featured Post

Networking for the Cloud Era

Join Microsoft and Riverbed for a discussion and demonstration of enhancements to SteelConnect:
-One-click orchestration and cloud connectivity in Azure environments
-Tight integration of SD-WAN and WAN optimization capabilities
-Scalability and resiliency equal to a data center

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

A short article about problems I had with the new location API and permissions in Marshmallow
Although it can be difficult to imagine, someday your child will have a career of his or her own. He or she will likely start a family, buy a home and start having their own children. So, while being a kid is still extremely important, it’s also …
In this fourth video of the Xpdf series, we discuss and demonstrate the PDFinfo utility, which retrieves the contents of a PDF's Info Dictionary, as well as some other information, including the page count. We show how to isolate the page count in a…

860 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question