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Renaming domain computers

Hi everyone, I have a recently virtualized workstation, that is a member of our active directory domain. I need to rename it and change its IP address. Then I need to take its old computer name and assign it to a new physical workstation (already a domain member).

How should I do it to avoid any AD problems?
Martin Andel
Martin Andel
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Joseph MoodyBlogger and wearer of all hats.Commented:
There shouldn't be any problems with this. At the most, you may need to do an ipconfig /flushdns on any clients that connect to it by name.
Leroy LuffHead of IT & DIgitalCommented:
As Joseph said there should be no problems but I would delete the DNS record for the "old name".

1.Rename the computer and restart it - this should solve the computer object in A/D.
2. Open DNS and look for the old computer name with ip address - delete it.
3.Log new computer name onto domain and test connectivity.

Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Properly re-naming a machine therough the System Properties on a clinet or server does the following...
- changes the computer name only (not the SID in active directory)
- it also updates the DNS record that is associated with it as well this change will replicate to all DNS servers
- Depending on the TTL you have set for your DNS zone you may have to ipconfig /flushdns if you need immediate access to this machine by name
- you can then use the old computer name and re-purpose it for another machine in your environment

Aside from that everything should be fine as said already.

MikeIT ManagerCommented:
Since you did a P2V, make sure the physical workstation is offline before you power up your VM.  If not, this may cause issues.  Past that, you can simply rename it and just make sure DNS records are updated.
Martin AndelSenior IT AnalystAuthor Commented:
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