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Renaming and joining a W2K8 core to the domain February 12, 2010

Posted by John Ruby in Solutions.
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Cool stuff to know: Renaming and joining a W2K8 core to the domain
Renaming and joining a W2K8 core to the domain

To further prepare our W2K8 core server for promotion to a DC, we’ll have to rename it first and join it to the existing domain.

First we’ll rename it, by following these steps:
1. type hostname, to receive your current machine name
2. now type Netdom renamecomputer OldComputerName /NewName:NewComputerName
3. restart the server by typing Shutdown /r /t 0

Now that our server has the desired name, we can join in to our domain.
1. type netdom join ComputerName /domain:DomainName /userd:UserName /passwordd:*
By putting * behind the password switch, we can enter the password of the user when prompted without having to type it in clear text.
2. restart the server by typing Shutdown /r /t 0

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