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