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Peculiar behavior with Computer naming and remote desktop.

By theron ·
I have a couple of computers on my network that I moved from another location to replace aging units. I want to change the computer names to the name of the machines they are replacing, which is specific to their location. IE "building-location-number". I am replacing number 2 and 13. I am flipping them off the domain to a bogus name and a bogus workgroup. Then I delete the account in AD for the computer they are to replace. Then I flip them back on to the domain with the name I want them to have. When I join them to my domain with their new names, everything functions fine in AD.
The strange thing is that remote desktop does not work when you try to connect by the computer name. If you try to connect via IP address, it works, but not via x-x-2 or x-x-13.
If I name them x-x-18, which is outside my naming scheme and therefore never previously used, they will work. But not under the replacement name. Am I missing something?

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by theron In reply to Peculiar behavior with Co ...

If I name the computer with the desired name, but set it to a workgroup, Remote desktop will connect. When I join it to the domain it will not. Flip it to workgroup again, remote works again.

I cleared out DNS host listings with the name in it, but that didn't help either.

I have no local firewalls enabled while I am attempting this either.

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