March 15, 2017

Citrix PVS - After Reverse Imaging Unable To Change Computer Name

Purpose:

Show the steps taken after reverse imaging a W2K8R2 Citrix PVS Target Device to fix the inability to rename the server and add back to the AD Domain

Symptom:

After the reverse imaging process is done, the machine removed from the domain, rebooted, name changed and rebooted again the name of the server doesn't change and the ability to add the machine back to the domain is grayed out.



Resolution:

In the registry navigate to the below location:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ComputerName

There are 2 subkeys called ActiveComputerName and ComputerName and within each of there are valumes called ComputerName. Verify that both have the new computer name.

On my issue the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ComputerName\ActiveComputerName\ComputerName value had the old computer name. I renamed the key and then restarted the computer.

Cause:
Computer account not updating correctly

SageLike Post ID: SL0014

Applies to:

Citrix Provisioned Target Devices
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows 7

Maybe others but these are the OS's that I've had issues with.

References:

http://discussions.citrix.com/topic/283685-after-reverse-image-unable-to-change-computer-name/

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