Changing the computer name?

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Hi, How can I change the computer name without disjounting computer from the domaim(win xp pro sp2)!? Thank you. --- Regards Mahnaz

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From my limited knowledge, to change the computer name go through control panel, system and then computer name. Change it to whatever you want.

The down-side is if you have added it as a computer on the AD computers list (once again my limited knowledge), remove the computer name from AD and then add the new name to the list.

I think that, if you are logging as a user, it doesn’t matter what the name of the computer is.

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  • EMTCodeGOD
    You really cannot without updating the Active Directory on the Domain Server. That said, if the new name is already in the Directory then there is nothing to keep you from the change.
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  • Naitek
    Hello: I have tried this in the past, but the only way to have the machine and domain "SEE and INTERACT" with each other is to disjoin the pc from domain and then rejoin. Flush DNS and you willbe good. Sorry, as far as i can tell, that is the only solution to this problem. cheers.
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  • Carrollthomas
    a good question would be why would this be a requirement, to rename the pc without disjointing the domain, the correct procedure is to remove from domain, rename and then rejoin the domain, it keep AD clean and avoids any inconsistancies
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  • Sunpower
    Simply change it but with Administrative credintials regards
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  • OngBak
    If have a 2000 or 2003 domain you can rename an XP computer without having to remove from the domain. Just change the computer name as your normally would. No need to remove from the domain like you would with an NT domain or with NT clients. As a matter of course...you should make computer names as generic as possible...so you don't have to change computer names if the computer is taken over by a new staff member (many people give the computer the name of the user which is a pain when they leave). Cheers, Chris
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  • Lance01
    I agree with OngBak. Users using personal names for their office computers which they do not change offices with makes me change computer names in my corporation often. So try to make the new name one that wouldn't have to be changed again because you left, makes administrators' jobs more pleasant.
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  • TedRizzi
    There is no need to remove the computer from the domain when renaming it. the computer name per say, is for people, the computer SID, which is what AD really uses doesnot change if you change the name, so it really doesnt matter what the computer name is so long as the SID, remains the same. The only gotcha is DNS, make sure that the new name gets registered in DNS, and how to do this depends on how your network is configured, if you use dhcp, then dhcp will do this for you. providing it was configured too. if not you can force it in the network properties under tcp/ip advanced/dns, make sure the register this computer in DNS box is checked.
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  • KONARF
    I dont know if this is the best answer- just right click MyComputer then properties and in the Computer Name tab click change :-)
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  • Nenary
    The answer below about adding the new machine name to the AD is the correct. Just make sure you have permissions to the OU you want to add the PC to. Once you have created the PC name you can change the name of the PC and it will join the Domain without disconnecting it from the network. Remember to be sure that your permissions are sufficient to do this. Renaming the PC without adding the name will not add it to the AD and will cause you to be disjoined the the Domain.
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  • MikeyT
    One thing no one has mentioned...SMS. If you have domain with AD and SMS, you must remove device from domain before renaming. The SID will remain the same, but AD doesn't always see the name change (more often than not, it matches the old name to the SID). This can be manually overcome, but SMS will not see the change, since it uses the SID and AD. Best practice is to always remove from the domain. I really wouldn't understand why you wouldn't want to anyway.
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  • Prvn
    I have the image of a domain PC and had used it another PC. Now How to rename it without unjoining it from domain because I don't have admin rights to join it in domain.
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