Bizzare Windows XP Logon problem

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Active Directory
Sophos
Windows Login
Windows XP Professional
Windows XP SP3
Hi,

i hope some one can help me,i have never ever come across anything like this.

I have built some new pcs up within my domain, just recently i have joined them to my network and changed the local computer names as i ghosted them accross, now when i rebooted the machines and gets to the classic logon screen. under my domain name is the old local computer name, now when i log in and right click "my computer" and propeties, my new computer name is in there.

i also goto the server and look in active directory and the new computer name is there to. to some people this might not be much of a problem but within our school we run "sophos" protection and because they all have the same old computer name sophos is treating them as 1 pc!

does any one know what to do as ive tried even looking through regedit and no mention of my old pc name in there

 

Hope someone can help me :-)

Many thanks



Software/Hardware used:
Windows xp Pro SP3 within Server 2003 SP2 (Not R2)

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  • Aguacer0
    Are you performing a sysprep on these machines so you don't have conflicted SIDs within AD? If you are using Ghost, then either you have sysprep built-in into the ghost image or you are utilizing Ghost Walker (if my recollection is correction) to change the SIDs. I'm thinking this is the area where the problem you are seeing. When the system comes up, you are seeing the old computer name. The background process of Ghostwalker would then change it as you proceed to view the local hostname.
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  • Philcrox
    nope. ive not sysprep'ed the machines. i used clonezilla to make my images. so from you are telling me. i should newsid my machines?
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  • Philcrox
    Thank you very much for you advice good news. got to work this morning and tried "NewSid" worked straight away! what i did was: run new sid, got the program to change my old computer name to the new, rejoined the pc to the domain put the computer into its container in AD then run sophos installation and picks up as a seperate pc many thanks again!
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  • Philcrox
    I eventually found out what the problem was! it was a NEC powermate VL350 machine. The system image that comes with the machine had a problem, if you go on to the NEC website there is a registry fix for this. ive tried it and has worked! anyways ive since formatted the machine and used our school XP disc and has worked fine ever since. many thanks for all yours help Phil.
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  • carlosdl
    Philcrox, thanks for sharing the solution. .
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