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Changing PC Names on Network

By fisheye121 ·
My question is probably remedial but i'll ask it anyway. I've just taken over as the LAN admin at my company and am wondering if it is ok to change the names asigned to workstations. For instance, some are named for people who are no longer with thecompany. Others are named things like Compaq-QH49EFKSL3243. Of course, this is what the server recognizes them as, so if I change them individually, will this confuse the server or will it adjust. We are running Windows 2000. Thanks for any help! ~Brian

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by Ann777 In reply to Changing PC Names on Netw ...

As long as you change the computer name properly, the servers will adjust.

In 2000, right-click on my computer --> properties --> network identification --> Properties and update the computer name.

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by Alpha-Male In reply to Changing PC Names on Netw ...

You will have no problems in changing the names on the systems so long as they are all unique. Pick a good naming convention and stick to it for all your systems. A word of advice though (for security reasons), don't name them things like Accounting, HR, etc. - that just serves as a "roadmap" for those with malicious intent. Hackers love it when you tell them where to go...

Good Luck!

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by fisheye121 In reply to Changing PC Names on Netw ...

ok, when i right-click on
My Computer->Properties->
Network Identification->Properties
after I change the name and click ok, it prompts me for a name and password of an account that has permission to change the name. When I try any name or password that applies to me it gives me: "the credentials supplied conflict with an exsisting set of credentials". To my knowledge have all admin rights. extra 100 points to anyone who can successfully figure this one out! Thanks ~Brian

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by fisheye121 In reply to Changing PC Names on Netw ...

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Changing PC Names on Netw ...

Use the Win2K domain Administrator account when you are prompted for the security credentials.
So, if your Win2k domain is MYOFFICE.COM, then use the Administrator login/password you see when you open AD Users & Computers for MYOFFICE.COM

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by Gigelul In reply to Changing PC Names on Netw ...

About your comment:
-you must use a domain admin account (not local admin account) which have rights to add computer to domain
-don't use a computer name which allready exist (first remove this old name from server manager if you want to use it again)
Also maybe you need to reestablish trust relationship between computer and domain. Set computer as workgroup member. Reboot. Set as domain member. Reboot.
When apply these changes in <create computer account in domain> use the domain admin account (name and password).

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