This article describes how to use the Netdom.exe utility
(included in Windows XP Support Tools) to rename a computer that is a member of
a Windows 2000 domain.
This procedure can be performed either locally or remotely on the computer,
which is being renamed. Also, the procedure does not require you to reset or
manually re-create the computer account in the domain. The Netdom.exe utility
has the ability to rename a computer that is a member of a domain.
However, to rename the computer, you must be able to specify the user accounts
that have local administrative permissions and the object of the computer
account in Active Directory.
How to Rename a Computer
- Install Windows XP Support Tools from the Support\Tools
folder on the Windows XP Professional CD-ROM.
- At a command prompt, type the following command.NOTE: The following command line has been wrapped to multiple lines to
make it easier to read. Enter the command as a single line.
netdom renamecomputer machine
/reboot:seconds before automatic
A description of the preceding
command line is:
- Machine is the current name
of the computer.
- New_computername is the name
that the computer is going to have.
is the network basic input/output system (NetBIOS) domain name and the
administrator identification (ID) of a user account that has administrative
permissions to the computer object in the domain.
- Local_admin is a user that
has local administrative permissions, which can be the same account specified
- The asterisk symbol (*) is the value that is connected
to the /passwordd: and /passwordo: parameters and specifies that the password should be typed with
hidden characters when the command is submitted.
- Time before automatic reboot in
seconds is the amount of time before the computer restarts after
renaming the computer. If this parameter is not specified, the computer must be
For example, you have a workstation named "Mycomputer" that is
a member of a domain named "Mydomain". You want to change the workstation name
to "Yourcomputer", and then automatically restart the workstation after 60
seconds. You can use the following command. NOTE
: The following command-line syntax has been wrapped to multiple
lines to make it easier to read. You must enter the commands as a single line.
netdom renamecomputer mycomputer /newname:yourcomputer
/usero:administrator /passwordo:* /reboot:60
The following warning message may be displayed and
you may be prompted as to whether or not you want to proceed:
This operation will rename the computer "Mycomputer" to
"Yourcomputer". Certain services, such as certification authority, rely on a
fixed computer name. If any services of this type are running on "Mycomputer",
a computer name change would have an adverse impact.
If you do not
want to be prompted to proceed, include the /force
switch when you enter the netdom
command in addition to the other parameters.
Article ID: 298593 - Last Review: July 15, 2004 - Revision: 1.3
- Microsoft Windows XP Professional
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