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

SYMPTOMS

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.

RESOLUTION

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

 

WORKAROUND

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.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Microsoft Windows 2000.

This problem was first corrected in Windows 2000 Service Pack 1.

MORE INFORMATION

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