Renaming a workstation on SBS

It is often asked what’s the best way to rename a computer that is already part of an SBS network/domain. Many, including me, believed that it was necessary to first disjoin the computer from the domain, delete the computer from AD, and then rejoin it to the domain, assigning the new name.


Now here comes news that will please your ears (with a tip of the sombero to Chad Gross): there’s a far simpler way!


Simply logon to the computer in question as a domain administrator and rename the computer. In the process of renaming it, it will also update AD for you automatically.

2 thoughts on “Renaming a workstation on SBS

  1. I had my first chance to try this the other night and it wouldn’t work. The error message – which I can’t remmber now – was not too obvious. After a few attempts, reboots, whatever, seeing the error for the nth time, it finally made sense. The workstation has a mapped drive via logon script. Once the drive was unmapped, the name change went as expected.

    Thanks,
    Buddy Greenshield
    Greenshield Computer Services
    Bend, OR

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