Computer Name Does Not Match the Windows 2000 Domain Name After Upgrade
The information in this article applies to:
· Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
· Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
· Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
This article was previously published under Q262376
The fully qualified domain name computer name does not match the Windows 2000 domain name because a Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 upgrade automatically clears the Change primary DNS suffix when domain membership changes check box. After the domain controller promotion process (Dcpromo.exe) is run on a domain controller, you are unable to change the computer name.
To resolve this issue install the Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack. For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
260910 How to Obtain the Latest Windows 2000 Service Pack
To work around this problem, upgrade from a Windows NT 4.0 to Windows 2000 domain controller as usual until after you reboot the computer and Dcpromo.exe automatically runs. Quit Dcpromo.exe, click to select the Change primary DNS suffix when domain membership changes check box, and then restart Dcpromo.exe.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in
Microsoft Windows 2000.
This problem was first corrected in Windows 2000 Service Pack 1.
To install the hotfix, upgrade to Windows 2000. When
the upgrade is finished and Dcpromo.exe runs, quit Dcpromo.exe and run the
hotfix package. Once the hotfix package installation is complete, restart
Dcpromo.exe and complete your Windows 2000 upgrade.
For additional information about how to install Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 hotfixes at the same time, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
249149 Installing Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 Hotfixes
For additional information about DNS, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
258503 DNS Registration Errors 5788 and 5789 When DNS Domain and Active Directory Domain Name Differ
For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
257623 Domain Controller's Domain Name System Suffix Does Not Match Domain Name
Last Reviewed: 10/16/2002
Keywords: kbbug kbQFE kbWin2000PreSP2Fix KB262376