Thursday, March 17, 2011

Renaming a Windows 2008 Domain Controller

Windows Servers have come a long way. I started working with Windows Servers back in the day of Windows NT 3.x. Back then I would not even dare install it in production. My File and Print were Novell 3 and 4, and then 5 servers and it was not until Windows NT 4.0 that I put one in production. Ah, those were the days. I then had to migrate of the Novell Directory Services to the Microsoft "DOMAIN" - which was nothing more than a bind database.


I have grown up with Windows. I have been a harsh critic and a devout user of their products. Kind of a love hate relationship that developed over time. Today's Windows 8 server certainly makes some things a lot easier. Remember back when you could not rename your domain controller! Yeah, so if you started out with a test Domain Controller called FooFoo, and just because it actually became your production (yes this happened a lot), you were kind of stuck with it unless you installed a new one. Then did the demotion, rename, promotion dance. What a pain in @#%@#$!


Recently, I wanted to rename my two home domain controllers from some fun names that I had given them to a more traditional functional name. So my Batman and CaptainAmerica DCs needed to become HNDC1 and HNDC2 - I did this easily without any hiccup whatsoever.

Here are the steps I took:

  1. NETDOM computername BATMAN.HOMENET.LOCAL /add:HNDC2.HOMENET.LOCAL
  2. Run ADSI Edit.msc
  3. Find Computer (domain Controller), Right Click Properties, and look to see if this was added:

  4. repadmin /replicate captainamerica batman DC=homenet,DC=Local
  5. NETDOM computername BATMAN.HOMENET.LOCAL /makeprimary:HNDC2.HOMENET.LOCAL
  6. Successfully made HNDC2.HOMENET.LOCAL

    the primary name for the computer. The computer must be rebooted for this name

    change to take effect. Until then this computer may not be able to authenticate

    users and other computers, and may not be authenticated by other computers in

    the forest. The specified new name was removed from the list of alternate

    computer names. The primary computer name will be set to the specified new

    name after the reboot.

    The command completed successfully.

  7. Run ADSI Edit.msc again and look for the name to have changed:
  8. Reboot the computer
  9. NETDOM computername HNDC2.HOMENET.LOCAL /remove:BATMAN.HOMENET.LOCAL
  10. Successfully removed BATMAN.HOMENET.LOCAL

    as an alternate name for the computer.

    The command completed successfully.

  11. repadmin /replicate CAPTAINAMERICA.HOMENET.LOCAL HNDC2.HOMENET.LOCAL DC=HOMENET,DC=LOCAL
  12. Sync from HNDC2.HOMENET.LOCAL to CAPTAINAMERICA.HOMENET.LOCAL completed successfully.

    After I did Batman, I went and did CaptainAmerica. If you are interested in further reading, I found a real nice article at this location: http://www.petri.co.il/rename-windows-server-2008-domain-controllers.htm


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Delco

Friday, March 11, 2011

Windows 7 Service Pack

Installed on Home Premium (Lenovo Net book) and Professional (Older Intel Hardware) 32 bit, in VMWare Virtual Machine on ESXi Windows Professional 32 bit, and on my Laptop a Lenovo Thinkpad 64 bit. So far no issues whatsoever and machines are running great!

Delco

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Kindle after a Month of Using

It was about a month ago that my wife and son gave me a Kindle for my birthday. I have wanted one for a long time and certainly even before the iPad took the world by storm. I still opted for the Kindle because it suited me for what I wanted. Well after a month what do I think?

Well, for one, I like it. It does exactly what I wanted it to do with a few things I did not expect. It is not a Tablet. I already mentioned in a previous blog what I liked about it, but just like everything else there are some things that you could say for a lack of a better term, "I don't like".

Now I have the smaller version with the 3G.

One thing that is bothersome is often I hit the forward or backward button while I am reading. This is because the buttons are by design in a convenient place. Now, how can I complain if they are in a convenient place? Well, because I hold it in that spot. I had to train myself to move my hands either a little lower, well, actually my thumbs need to go more on the screen.

The same for the buttons that you use to move cursor. I sometimes hit the back or menu or cancel button.

The Highlighting and Bookmarks and Notes are great, but I do so much of it, that searching through them all so far has not been that useful. I think it will be more useful to copy them over to my computer and store them in my One Note application.

The last thing that is a small bummer is the fact that some of the tables and figures in a technical book I have been reading are quite often unreadable (blurry). I also find that I have to change the orientation quite a bit for tables, and then make the font smaller to get them to fit. This might is more of the fault of the book because I know the screen can show great detail in black and white.

Other than that, I do love my Kindle; but like any love affair, there are, how do you say, "some small spats".

Oh, by the way. This month's edition of Maximum PC declared the Kindle one of the Technical devices that are doomed to extinction because of the "tablet" revolution. Mark their words to see if it indeed comes true.



Delco