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Renaming a computer on a domain

I have a computer on a domain called gold.local.  The computer's name is Backup-PC.  That PC is being re-purposed and placed into a conference room.  So I want to change the name to Conference-PC.  After I put my credentials to authorize the change I get the following error:


Computer Name / Domain Changes Error "The following error occurred attempting to rename the computer "xxx".  The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted.I'm not changing the domain name - I'm changing the computer name.  Not sure how to get past this problem.
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Azra Lyndsey
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Perhaps the fastest way would be to unjoin from the domain, change the name and then join back up again.  The Windows 8 computer is Windows 8 Pro, correct?  No identifier means Windows 8 Home which won't join a domain.
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Chris HInfrastructure ManagerCommented:
Can you access the domain controller via network share?

ie \\dc-6\netlogon

Is your time correct?  Is the DNS server set correctly?  Is the netlogon service running?
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Azra LyndseyNerdAuthor Commented:
Well, it's already joined to the domain, it is pro:

Windows 8 Pro
I'll disconnect from the domain, rename, and try to join back to the domain and let you know how that works.
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Azra LyndseyNerdAuthor Commented:
Can you access the domain controller via network share?
Yes.

Is your time correct?  Is the DNS server set correctly?  Is the netlogon service running?
Yes and Yes.
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Chris HInfrastructure ManagerCommented:
Any chance you're having intermittent connection issues to the domain controller?  Do you have any packet loss if you issue:

ping -t DC_IP_ADDRESS
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Azra LyndseyNerdAuthor Commented:
Is the DNS server set correctly?

I went back and checked this and guess what, it was wrong.  Changed it and voila, works like a charm.  Odd that nothing else seemed to suffer.  Ha!
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