Rename computer and join to domain
I have a windows XP 32bit system on a Windows 2008 domain that needs to be reformatted. The problem is that the computer is utilized pretty much 24/7 and is almost impossible for me to work on. My plan is to load the OS, software, and group policies on a brand new hard drive and then just throw it into the target system. My question deals with the computer names in my domain. Since the target computer will still be operational in my domain, what are my considerations? I have a computer object in my ADUC that is called "test"; this system does not exist anymore. My plan was to:
1 reset the existing account for computer "test" in my ADUC
2 name the new windows XP install "test"
3 join it to my domain
4 apply all software and gpos
5 dis-join the new "test" system from my domain
5 rename the new "test" system to the name of my target system
6 reset the computer account for my target machine at the appropriate time
7 rejoin the renamed system to my domain as the newtarget system with the fresh XP install
I hope this makes sense. I just want to make sure that I am doing this properly. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Community Chosen Answer
Build the install on a same model computer with a temp name. Join the computer to the domain and get it all set to go. Make sure you have netdom on this machine. NETDOM utility is not installed on Windows XP by default. You must install the Windows XP Support Tools from the Windows XP CD-ROM by running SUPPORT\TOOLS\SETUP.EXE.
Do a regedit and add the netdom command to run once.
NETDOM JOIN machine /Domain:domain /UserD:username /PasswordD:password
Remove the machine from the domain and give it the name of the production machine during the removal (as you join workgroup). Do not restart, turn the machine off.
Go to the production machine and shut it down and swap HDD's and power backup. I recommend doing a gpupdate /force when it comes backup and reboot once more.