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Renaming computers on a network with SBS 2003 domain controller

Posted on 2011-03-16
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Hello,

I have a network with about 20 computers all of them with different names such as: user-pc, computer01, PC39 and so on. I want to rename all the computers on the network with names such as: PC01, PC02 ext. Which is the best way to perform that ? My research show that the best way is to use VBScript, but I am not familiar with this.

I will appreciate any help.
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Thank you, it is relevelant. But I need the part only for the renaming. As I am not familiar with the script I cannot "cut" the part I need :)
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I am assuming these machines are domain joined as the question was posted in the SBS zone.

Short answer, log in to each machine using remote desktop and change the name in the computer properties screen. This will change the name on the computer and ensure the change is matched on the server end of things.

While you *could* script such a thing, getting a script to run remotely, keep AD intact, and not throw various security prompts can be tricky and with only 20 computers, manually doing so will be much faster and less error prone.

-Cliff
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Yes the machines are already joined into the domain
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