Eliminate Duplicate Names
Novell Cool Solutions: Trench
By Brian Walker
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Posted: 24 Mar 2000
To eliminate duplicate names on our network, I created an app object to change the computer name. I did this by snAppShotting the 95 machine with one name. Then I changed the workstation name again and finished the snAppShot process.
I then created my app object with the aot that was created.
I then went to the details of the app object and changed the registry settings to the following for computer name.
HKLM\system\currentcontrolset\ control\computername\ computername=%P_STATION%
The %P_STATION% attribute pulls the last half of the mac address. We tried %LOGIN_NAME% but some users log into multiple workstations and were still running into duplicate names. Hence the use of mac addresses: no two mac addresses should be the same.
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