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How do I use the same computer name in AD?

Hi

I formatted a machine and want to use the same name as before. When joining it says the account is already in use. I have deleted, re-created and reset the computer name with no success.

How long should i wait? Got 3 DC's

Thanks
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ITNube
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ITNube
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Kini pradeepCommented:
open AD users and computers and delete the computer object. once replicated to all domain controllers, readd to domain
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ITNubeAuthor Commented:
where can i see if all the DC's got the latest update? and is it quick? all on the same LAN
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ittogoCommented:
You can force an update http://support.microsoft.com/kb/232072
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lvanalstyneCommented:
If I recall correctly it can take about 4 hours to replicate... you may be able to add it once whichever DC your workstation is checking with has replicated - BUT you don't want to do this too early because what can happen is that it may get deleted again. This happens to me. If I delete the account in AD and then add the workstation, I will come in the next day and find that that workstation has been taken out of the domain.
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pwindellCommented:
Don't forget to also remove any DNS Host Record, PTR Record or WINS Record left over from the old.
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ITNubeAuthor Commented:
It’s still a bit vague but after the force replication I was able to add the computer under its old computer name. Patience seems to be the key here. Everyone’s input is appreciated.
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