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Win2K Server Name

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by TylerP, Dec 20, 2001.

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  1. TylerP

    TylerP Thread Starter

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    I have just installed a Win 2000 server as a PDC and have made a mistake in the server name.

    Does anyone know of any utiliies/fixes that will allow me to rename the server without a complete rebuild.

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Dan O

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    The steps for renaming a Primary Domain Controller (PDC) vs a Backup Domain Computer (BDC) are different.

    To rename a PDC:

    1. Control Panel / Network / Identification. Click the Change button and type the new computer name.
    Reboot.
    2. Server Manager / Add to Domain, add the new name as a BDC(it will actually be added as a PDC).
    3. Server Manager / Remove from Domain, remove the old name and any duplicate new name entry as a BDC.

    To rename a BDC:

    1. Server Manager / Add to Domain, add the new name as a BDC.
    2. Control Panel / Network / Identification. Click the Change button and type the new computer name.
    Reboot.
    3. On the PDC, Server Manager, select the new BDC and Sync with Primary. Select old BDC and Remove from Domain
     
  3. p5mmx10g

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    where can i get the server manager tab?
     
  4. Dan O

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    Sorry, my instructions were for NT not XP. Try depressing the Windows+Break keys. Then select the Computer Name tab, and Change button.
     
  5. p5mmx10g

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    did you do a active directory on your server?

    if you did, i think you need to de-promo your pdc to change the domain name. not 100% sure
     
  6. Dan O

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    Good point. Hopefully Tyler will try it and let us know.
     
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