Error message when you try to use the Rendom.exe utility to change the NetBIOS name of a domain in Windows Server 2003 SP1: "rendom /execute : error 13"

Support for Windows Server 2003 ended on July 14, 2015

Microsoft ended support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

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Symptoms
In Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 (SP1), when you try to use the Rendom.exe utility to change the NetBIOS name of a domain, you receive the following error message:
rendom /execute : error 13
Waiting for DCs to reply.
Waiting for DCs to reply.
Failed to execute script on dcname.domainname : 13
1 server contacted, 1 server returned Errors
This problem occurs if the domain DNS name is a single-label name. A single-label name is a DNS name that does not include a suffix such as .com, .net or .org.
Cause
This problem occurs because the Active Directory directory service tries to create an empty root object. This behavior is disallowed in Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1.
Resolution

Service pack information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2003. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
889100 How to obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2003

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, you must have Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 installed. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
889100 How to obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2003

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
Windows Server 2003, x86-based versions
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Ntdsa.dll5.2.3790.26361,517,05613-Feb-200618:08x86
Windows Server 2003, x64-based versions
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirementService branch
Ntdsa.dll5.2.3790.26362,951,16813-Feb-200602:56x64SP1SP1QFE
Wntdsa.dll5.2.3790.26361,517,05613-Feb-200602:56x86SP1WOW
Windows Server 2003, Itanium-based versions
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirementService branch
Ntdsa.dll5.2.3790.26364,243,45613-Feb-200602:56IA-64SP1SP1QFE
Wntdsa.dll5.2.3790.26361,517,05613-Feb-200602:56x86SP1WOW
Status
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. This problem was first corrected in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2.
More information
The Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Domain Rename Tools provide a security-enhanced way to rename one or more domains in an Active Directory forest. You can change the DNS name and the NetBIOS name by using the domain rename procedure. For more information, visit the following Microsoft Web site:For more information about the terms that are used to describe software updates, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
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Article ID: 914429 - Last Review: 01/16/2015 01:52:55 - Revision: 4.0

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