Mac changed its own Name

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by yzharovsky, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. yzharovsky macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2009
    New MacBookPro named "H-1-111-XX"
    Connected it via wireless to our business network.
    We do not run OD (OSX server yet)
    This Mac was not bound to AD

    I however ran RDP for Mac (from Mactopia) and RDPed in to several of our servers (not AD)

    Later in the same day (first day) I noticed that the name in the Terminal was not the same name as in sys pref/Shared

    The Mac changed the name from "H-1-111-XX" to "H-LT-OKAP"
    In Sys Pref/Shared the name was still H-1-111-XX but at the same time the Terminal said it was H-LT-OKAP

    The H-LT-OKAP is not a random name. It is a name from an old windows laptop which has been off the domain for over a year. However this name "H-LT-OKAP" is still in our AD and that is where the Mac got it from.

    Any idea of why or how did the Mac change its name?

  2. foshizzle macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2007
    I cannot give you a definitive answer for this, but I can say that I've seen the same issue. At an organization I work with, we got an iMac for some video work and bound it to the AD (around 100 windows XP machines on the network). It not only changed the name in the terminal but also in the 'shared' prefs pane. It changed to a name of another computer on the network. I think it may have to do with the IP address it was given over DHCP.

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