We can rename a computer from command-line on Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP in a domain environment with Active Directory. In Windows XP, we need to install the Windows XP support tools and in Windows Server 2003, we need Administrators pack installed.
To download the support tools for Windows XP SP2, click here
To download the Administrator pack for Windows Server 2003, click here
To rename a computer attached to a Domain:
C:\Users\Administrator> netdom renamecomputer SAI /newname:SAIBABA /userD:hq\Administrator Passwordd:**** /usero:hq\Administrator /passwordo:***** /reboot
This renames the computer and reboots for the changes to take effect.
The syntax is
netdom renamecomputer <CurrentName> /newname:<NewName> /userD:<Domain Admin User> Passwordd:domainpass /usero:<localAdmin> /passwordo:localpass /reboot
In the above, if you enter “*” instead of the password then it will prompt for the respective user password.
The UserD & PasswordD options allows to make connection to the domain controller
The UserO & passworO options allows to make connection to the local host. This could be the same as the Domain Admin.
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