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Error when changing Computer Name in the Domain

Posted on 2013-12-07
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Change Computer Name Error
Hi,
  I get this all the time. In Windows SBS2003 Network, if I want to rename the computer name from "PC1" to "PC2", I have to always disjoint the workstation from the domain, restart the computer, rename the computer, restart the computer, join the computer to the domain, and finally restart the computer.
 
  Is there any way that I can simply rename the computer on the workstation or from SBS2003 server?

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Question by:sglee
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by:Chris Millard
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It sounds, from that error, that you may have mapped drives to a server share. Try just disconnecting any mapped drives then try renaming.
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by:sglee
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@roybridge
OK. I will try that.
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by:sglee
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Error2I removed all the mapped drives to the server/SBS2003 and tried it, but I got the same error. As seen in "My Computer" windows, all the mapped drives have been disconnected.
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by:Nagendra Pratap Singh
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You can remove from domain, change to workgroup and readd to domain using different name without rebooting.
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by:VirastaR
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by:donnk
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restart try again
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Rob Williams earned 305 total points
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On the PC I wouuld run from an elevated command prompt:
net use  /persistent:no
net use  *  /delete
reboot the PC
logon as a domain admin
and retry
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by:sglee
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@RobWill
After removing mapped drives (net use * /delete /y), I was able to change the name of the computer immediately. No need to dis-join or rejoin.

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by:Rob Williams
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Good to hear.
--Rob
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