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Removing A workstation From the Domain

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#1 valley_girl1919


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Posted 07 July 2011 - 10:55 PM

I am new at a lot of this at work, so am reaching out to someone who may be a little more advanced than me.

Right now at work I have a PC a user is having problems with, so I am going to replace it with a newer workstation. I want to make sure the following actions are correct for adding and removing a workstation on a domain: First, I should remove the PC that is having issues from our domain, then after connecting the new workstation I add it to the domain with the same name as the workstation with issues. We have dhcp enabled for the workstations to obtain IP addresses.

Does this seem to be the correct way to add/remove a workstation from the domain? Any info or advice I would appreciate. Is there something else I should be doing?

We use WinXP SP3 on all workstations.

Edited by valley_girl1919, 07 July 2011 - 10:58 PM.

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 11:24 PM

Good question. :)

It's a good idea to delete the old computer from Active Directory (in addition to taking the computer off the domain in its System Properties) first before adding a new computer to the domain with the same hostname. If you try to add another computer with the same hostname without deleting the old one first, the domain will likely complain about a duplicate (I forget the wording of the exact error message).
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Posted 08 July 2011 - 12:14 AM

I think it says that the name already exists. If you are operating on a WAN, I have seen AD take a while to sync and let you add the new name cleanly, immediately..

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