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NT4.0 PDC computer name change

By tbui ·
A Developement server running NT4.0 (PDC)
with the computer name medcelldev and the domain name is medcell, I need to change the computer name as same as the domain name, The error i am getting is that their is a computer name medcell and it will not let me to change the name even this PDC is not physicaly connect to any computer, Thanks in advance.

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NT4.0 PDC computer name change

by ryan4x4 In reply to NT4.0 PDC computer name c ...

To Rename a Primary Domain Controller
On Windows NT 3.x computers, from the console of the PDC, go to Control Panel Network.
On Windows NT 4.0 computers, from the console of the PDC, go to Control Panel Network and click the Identification tab.
In the Network Settings dialog box, choose the Change button next to the computer name. Type the new name in the Computer Name dialog box and choose OK.
Restart the PDC for the name change to take effect.
In Server Manager, if the old name still appears as a Backup, or if there is no entry for the new name:
Create an entry for the new name. To do this, select Add to Domain in the Computer menu of Server Manager.
Add the new computer account as a "Windows NT Backup Domain Controller" (it will be added and displayed as a Primary).
Remove the old name by selecting the entry. To do this, select Remove from Domain on the Computer menu.
NOTE: In some cases, the steps above may create two accounts for the new computer name: one as a backup and the other as a primary. If this occurs, remove the Backup as described above.

Hope this helps you man, this is straight from microsoft on how to accomplish this.

Ryan

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by tbui In reply to NT4.0 PDC computer name c ...

It will not let me rename as I discribe on the question, If you have a
link to the microsoft site with the artical listed, I would appriciated,

Thanks
Tbui

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NT4.0 PDC computer name change

by ryan4x4 In reply to NT4.0 PDC computer name c ...

Type the article named "Q150298" in the search box, at:
http://support.microsoft.com/servicedesks/TechNet/

It is also possible that a computer named medcell exist in the server manager list on your PDC, if there is you will have to rename this workstation to another name, that is if of course the computer exists anymore.

Hope this helps man!

Ryan

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to NT4.0 PDC computer name c ...

I follow the instruction as follow but the same error, (The computer name is being use by another computer) Even this is a stand along server right now with no client at all. the computer name I want is the same as the domain name, Thanks in advance if you can help me with this problems.

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NT4.0 PDC computer name change

by DAO251 In reply to NT4.0 PDC computer name c ...

I regret to tell you that Computer Name cannot be the same as Domain Name.
It does not matter is it Domain Controller or just a member.

Hope your reasons for trying that were not too serious.

Cheers,
Dima
Brainbench MVP for WinNT Admin,
http://www.brainbench.com

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NT4.0 PDC computer name change

by tbui In reply to NT4.0 PDC computer name c ...

Thanks for your help.

Tom

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by tbui In reply to NT4.0 PDC computer name c ...

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