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In Windows NT 4.0 and earlier, when an account is created for a
computer, the name of the account is set to the computer name (NetBIOS
style flat name), followed by the dollar sign ("$"), and the password is
set to the lowercase computer name.
In Active Directory and later, when an administrator creates a new
computer account, he can choose whether this account is created for a
legacy Windows client (pre-Windows 2000) or a new type of client
(Windows 2000 or later). If the account is created for a legacy client, then
the computer account and password are set as described above to allow
for compatibility with older operating systems. However, if the account
is created for a new operating system, then the computer account name
will be set to the computer name, followed by the dollar sign ("$").
However, unlike legacy clients the password will be set to a random
string longer than 14 characters, so a LM password hash will not be
generated for this computer account.
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