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Renaming Computers

Apple Remote Desktop’s Rename Computers command enables you to change the file sharing name of the computers (which is also the name displayed by Remote Desktop). This does not affect either the Unix hostname or the DNS name of the computer. You can rename a single computer or multiple computers. To rename a computer, select it and then choose Rename Computers from the Manage menu. In the task dialog box, enter the new computer name and click the Rename button. If you select multiple computers, there is a checkbox that appends a unique number to the end of the name of each computer (that is, ArtClass1, ArtClass2, ArtClass3, and so on).

This function is helpful if you want to organize existing computers using more relevant names, or if you have moved a computer from one department or location to another. It can also be helpful after using most disk image–based deployment methods to rename the computers so that do not all have the same name. Keep in mind that Apple Remote Desktop will not know anything about the computers it is renaming. So, if you have an instructor machine in a classroom, for example, you might want to exclude it from renaming all computers in the classroom so that you can easily identify it. Also, remember that naming schemes that include inventory tag numbers, room numbers, or desk numbers might be more useful than a generic list of computers with the same name but arbitrary numbering. Naming computers by hand might be more work initially, but it might also be more helpful overall.

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