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Adding computer names to Server Manager

By pgulliksen ·
I add computer names in Server manager for the install guys to run up new machines. Some times when they enter the new names to the pc's they connect first go, other times a new name is added to a new install and a message comes back saying cannot connect to domain. We then have to delete the name and wait some where between and 1 hour to 24 hour for the name to be deleted from the system. We can add the machine again and it works ok. Also it can be a couple of days after I have enter the computer names the the guys get around to running up the machines as wel and the same thing happens.

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by MCSE Lee In reply to Adding computer names to ...

Why not give them the authority to create machine names in the domain, and then train them in the naming convention that you are using? They can then create the name when they build the PC - you won't have to create names ahead of time, and you won't have to worry about naming conflicts like you describe.

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by vshipp In reply to Adding computer names to ...

How are your onsite folks building the machines?
If they are using an IMAGE solution such as Norton Ghost or ImageCast they may be relpicating the local Machine SID.
There are tools to prepair an image prior to using it as an enterprise solution.(newsid.exe)
In any event, it is recommended to add the workstation to the domain from the workstation, or console, once it has obtained an IP address. this will stop the crap WINS address entries that mysteriously appear in the WINS.MDB
This happens when a NetBios name is defined without MAC address or unique SID.
In other words, always build the machine first, then add it to the domain, Much less greif, WINS Database corruption, and replilication headaches.

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by TedBovis In reply to Adding computer names to ...

The two answers given are what you should be doing...
If you are using imaging to build machines then the image should be built in a workgroup (the machine was NOT a member of the domain when the image was taken) then when you boot into the machinethe First thing to do is recreate the SID (this should ALWAYS be done) this can be done by using NEWSID (sysinternals) from within NT or by using ghostwalker (if you are using ghost) by creating a dos bootable disk entering the new name, one thing with ghost walker is that the machine name needs to be the same lenght as the original for this to work. Once the machine has been built and the SID has been re-created you can then get the installation engineer to join the machine onto the domain which will create the computer name in Server Manager automatically, give the installers a cut down admin account that can only join machines into the domain.
By doing this option you need NEVER bother using Server Manager to enter new machines into the domain.

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by liorz In reply to Adding computer names to ...

All the above answers seems to be correct but too complicated for field personels.
the problem is often a WINS problem.
I suggest you try first to install the WS as a WORKGROUP members and after you boot for the first time and see that you can connect to the network and browse (network neighborhood), then try to connect to the domain.
If you can't browse the network the either you are not connected or WINS is not configured.
to eliminate this, try pinging the WS address from onother computer to see if the WS NIC is configured OK.

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by JOHN_WESTWORTH In reply to Adding computer names to ...

I've usually got round this problem by just synchronising the domain. If they have a BDC at the remote site, it probably hasn't updated it's SAM. If you force the synchronisation from within server manager, this usually gets round the problem.

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