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ITsVISTA KB-Link: KB973033

Duplicate computer names are generated when you configure an Unattend.xml file to generate random names for many computers on a network

Consider the following scenario:

  • You are deploying operating systems such as Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 to many computers on a network.
  • You configure an Unattend.xml file to generate random names for these computers.

In this scenario, duplicate computer names may be generated.

Note: The hotfix discussed in Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) article 970485 partly fixes this problem. The hotfix mentioned in this article discusses a second part of this problem.

There is a download that resolves this issue. See Hotfixes for details.
32-bit Download: Contact Microsoft
64-Bit Download: Contact Microsoft

For more information on this issue, including potential causes, workarounds, and resolutions, see: Microsoft KB Article KB973033.

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