Re-use server name

Posted on 2011-10-10
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Hi All:

Here's my situation: One of my servers had a problem and I have had to format it completely and reinstall the Operating System (W2008R2).

Now I have to add it again to the domain. When I try to add it with it's original name (server.local.domain) the systems rejects it because the name already exists.

Is there some workaround to add the server to the domain network without previously deleting it?

Question by:ScreenFox
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    Accepted Solution

    You should delete the computername using DSA.msc and remove all DNS records associated with that name and try to assign the same name.

    It should work well.
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    by:Krzysztof Pytko
    Or at least reset computer/server password account (if it was not deleted) in ADUC cosole and re-join to the domain.

    then you don't need to delete any DNS records or object account in a domain (all server's group mebmership is saved)

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    Assisted Solution

    you can go to active directory users and computers snap in and right click on compuert accounf then reset the computer account then try adding the computer.

    LVL 38

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    I am assuming this was a domain controller.....

    You have to perform a DNS/AD/andAD sites and Services metadata cleanup on the PDCe.

    If it is a domain controller, you MUST remove the DNS SRV records or it will say the DC already exists.

    Here is an article that walks you through step by step.
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    Assisted Solution

    If this is a member server and not a domain controller, then you can delete the GUI for the server in ADUC, and simply rejoin the domain.  

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