Renaming a computer on a domain

Azra Lyndsey
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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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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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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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Commented:
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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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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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.
Chris HInfrastructure Manager

Commented:
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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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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