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Computer Management console - server 2003

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On our corporate network we secure/asset mark all workstation cases with a permenant white ink and then create a computer object in active directory based on that number e.g ws325

Normally when a user rings up and wants remote assistance we ask for the machine number so we can remote in.
Problem is some of the 'permenant' ink has faded!
We used to be on XP before windows 7 and if the ink had faded we asked users to pretend to change their password and use the drop down to tell us the machine number but on windows 7 this doens't work.
I now use computer management on our domain controller or RSAT on my PC but my problem is Computer managent console has become painfuly slow when you go into shared folders and sessions and only resolves IP's unless you click the + icon by the side of services and applications (weird fix posted on here in another thread!) BUT that makes it even slower!

users don't have teh properties from my computer either so can anyone reccomend a quick easy way to request computer number from a user without having databases and asset registers or active directory open all the time?

Cheers
Ian  
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by:robincm
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You could use http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897557
Very customisable.

Depending on how locked down the computer is you can type:
computer name
into the start menu search box, pick "See the computer name" and it'll open the system control panel (which shows the name).
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by:CWCertus1
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open command prompt and type: hostname
or echo %computername%

Your computer management issue sounds like a problem with DNS, maybe incorrect DNS server settings on the machine you are connecting from?
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by:CWCertus1
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If you are heavily locked down, create a shortcut to any folder that exists on your computer, right click properties of the shortcut and go to details.

There is a section which states Computer then the name.
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by:Leon Fester
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You can use the Windows Remote Assistance invitation?

On the first page of the Windows Remote Assistance wizard, under Or use a previous invitation again, click the invitation you want to resend, type and confirm a password, and then click Finish.

Let the use send you an email with the invitiation, they can also email or give you the password telephonically and then they'll need to accept the connection when it comes in.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb457004.aspx
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by:Leon Fester
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You can run the following command to return the name of the workstation.
wmic computersystem get name

Either give that to the user to enter or save it to a .bat file and get the user to double-click the file
Use the pause command to halt the execution so that the user can read the results.
Save the file your \\domain\sysvol location so that its copied to all your DC's

wmic computersystem get name
pause

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by:robincm
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Or use:
hostname && pause
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by:Danny Child
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you might want to get one of the batch files above distributed to each PC in advance, and saved on the Desktop.  Then, get the users to launch it.

Or, take it to the next level with BGinfo
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897557

check the /taskbar switch for a less invasive option!
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by:robincm
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My original post was a link to BGinfo :-)
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by:Danny Child
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Sorry robincm, missed your link...
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by:robincm
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hehe, not a problem, great minds etc. I probably should have said what it was in the post.
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by:CWCAVIT
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Ok,

Thanks everyone for your contribution.

Think i'll go with bginfo and use group policy preferences and a logon script to create the files, run the program and then customise with the .bgi file.

I also found in the meantime that I can still get the user to 'pretend' to change password but click the hyperlink 'how do I log on to another domain' - this in turn displays the computer name!
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by:Leon Fester
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slap@me
I forgot the easiest way to see the computer name... display the system properties.
You can use the shortcut window+break
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