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Why doesn't this work? it looks like it will but nothing happens.

Option Explicit

Dim wshNetwork
Dim wshShell
Dim PCname
Dim Newname

Set wshNetwork = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Network")
Set wshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")

PCname = InputBox("Type in the name of the pc you want to rename")
Newname = InputBox("Type in the name of the new pc name")

wshShell.run("netdom renamecomputer " &PCname& " /NewName:"&Newname& " /reboot:00 " )
'MsgBox("netdom renamecomputer " &PCname& " /NewName:"&Newname& " /reboot:00 /y")
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I've encountered this before and while I know how to do it through PowerShell, you might want to try this if your looking for VBS.

Taken from http://www.wisesoft.co.uk/scripts/vbscript_rename_domain_computers_from_csv_file.aspx

CONST adOpenStatic = 3
CONST adLockOptimistic = 3
CONST adCmdText = &H0001
CONST intWindowStyle = 7
CONST blnWait = TRUE
DIM strCSVFolder,strCSVFile,strNetDomParams
DIM objShell,cn,rs

' ************** Setup ************** 
' Folder where CSV File is located
' CSV file should have 1st field = oldname, 2nd field = newname with no header row
strCSVFolder = "C:\Temp\"
' CSV filename
strCSVFile = "test.csv"
' Additional parameters to pass to NetDom command
strNetDomParams = " /userd:DOMAIN\ADMINISTRATOR /passwordd:PASSWORD /usero:DOMAIN\ADMINISTRATOR /passwordo:PASSWORD /force "


SET objShell = wscript.CREATEOBJECT("wscript.shell")

' Setup ADO Connection to CSV file

cn.Open "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;" & _
          "Data Source=" & strCSVFolder & ";" & _
          "Extended Properties=""text;HDR=NO;FMT=Delimited"""

rs.Open "SELECT * FROM [" & strCSVFile & "]", _
          cn, adOpenStatic, adLockOptimistic, adCmdText

DO until rs.eof
    DIM strOldName, strNewName, strCmd,intReturn
    strOldName = rs(0)
    strNewName = rs(1)
    strCmd = "cmd.exe /C netdom renamecomputer " & strOldName & " /newname:" & strNewName & strNetDomParams

    intReturn = objShell.Run(strCmd,intWindowStyle,blnWait)

    IF intReturn = 0 THEN
        wscript.echo "Renamed '" & strOldName & "' to '" & strNewName & "'"
        wscript.echo "Error renaming '" & strOldName & "' to '" & strNewName & "'" 
    END IF

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Shelling out to the cmd line is always a pain (plus you gotta make sure netdom is there), dealing with quotes in VB and what not.

Probably easier to just go native and use WMI, and as a bonus should work most anywhere. This will join a domain too (you can remove that portion), but you could just leave the rename portion and the reboot portion and you should be good.

This is untested code that I lifted from another site.


Dim sCmpName
Dim sUser, sPassword, sDomain, sOU

sUser = "<domainuserid>"
sPassword = "<domainpassword>"
sDomain = "<mydomain>"
sOU = "<ou=myou,dc=mydomain,dc=com>"

sCmpName = InputBox("Enter the new computer name:", "Computer Name")
If sCmpName = "" Then
  Wscript.Echo "Exiting script."
End If

Dim oWMI, oCmp, oOS, sReturn

Set oWMI = GetObject("winmgmts:\\.\root\cimv2")
For Each oCmp in oWMI.InstancesOf("Win32_ComputerSystem")
  sReturn = oCmp.Rename(sCmpName)
  If sReturn <> 0 Then
    Wscript.Echo "Rename failed.  Error = " & Err.Number & _
      vbcrlf & "Exiting script."
    Wscript.Echo "Rename successful."
    sReturn = oCmp.JoinDomainOrWorkgroup(sDomain, sPassword, _ 
      sDomain & "\" & sUser, sOU, JOIN_DOMAIN+ACCT_CREATE)
    If sReturn <> 0 Then
      Wscript.Echo "Join domain failed.  Error = " & Err.Number & _
        vbcrlf & "Exiting script."
  Wscript.Echo "Join domain successful."
End If
Wscript.Echo "Rebooting computer..."
For Each oOS in oWMI.InstancesOf("Win32_OperatingSystem")
  sReturn = oOS.Reboot
End If
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if you try to deploy an VM image: have you just tried to run sysprep^(1)?! This also forces (as far as I know) the system to reset SID informations preventing WSUS problems and so on!?

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