Can't join a computer to SBS 2003 domain. "Pre-Windows 2000 name is in use"
Posted on 2012-08-30
A workstation died. I bought a new box, and want to join the domain using the same computer name XXXX. I first deleted the broken computer from the domain. I restarted the server (not sure if necessary). Then tried to create a new computer with name XXXX. It tells me "Windows cannot create the new computer object because the pre-Windows 2000 computer name XXXX is already in use. I first gave it a different pre-Windows name (XXXX2) but while the box tells me I'm connected and I see XXXX on the server in Admin, the box does not see other workstations nor workstations see the XXXX box. I have again deleted XXXX from the domain.
How can I delete the XXXX pre-Windows computer name so it can be used again (I'm assuming the XXXX2 is what's keeping the machines from seeing each other.)