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Determine a Computer's Name and Domain

Introduction

In order to determine what network services and resources can be accessed via your UW work computer, it is important to know both the name of your computer and what domain it belongs to. It may be necessary for your computer to be a member of the UWYO domain (windows.uwyo.edu), the main Windows domain for the University of Wyoming (UW), in order to take advantage of many of the services and resources provided by Information Technology (IT). Not all campus computers are a member of the UWYO domain; some are members of a department-specific domain or not a member of a domain at all.

This document provides the steps necessary to determine the name and domain of  a Windows 2000 or Windows XP Professional computer.

NOTE: The UWYO domain is the only domain supported by IT. Membership to this domain is restricted to UW and UW Affiliate owned computers only.

Procedure
 

  1. Windows XP Professional

    1. Click the Start menu button, and click Control Panel (or, if you are using the Classic Start menu,  select the Start menu, point to Settings, and click Control Panel).
       
    2. In the Control Panel, click  Performance and Maintenance, and click the System  icon (or, if you are using the Classic View, double-click the System icon in the first Control Panel window).
       
    3. In the System Properties window, select the Computer Name tab.
       
    4. The name of your computer will be listed as the Full computer name.
       
    5. The domain your computer belongs to will be listed as the Domain. If, instead of Domain, you see Workgroup, your computer is not a member of any domain.
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      System Properties window, Computer Name tab

       
  2. Windows Vista / Windows 7

    1. Click on the Start menu button, and click Control Panel.
       
    2. In the Control Panel, click System and Security (System and Maintenance in Vista), and click System (or, if you are using Classic View, double-click the System icon).
       
    3. In the section titled Computer name, domain and workgroup settings, the name of your computer will be listed as the Full computer name.
       
    4. The domain your computer belongs to will be listed as the Domain. If, instead of Domain, you see Workgroup, your computer is not a member of any domain.
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      Computer Panel, Systems and Security, Systems window

Tips

  1. If you would like to request that your computer be changed or added to the UWYO domain, contact your IT user consultant or your departmental network administrator (if you have one), as these changes require permissions you may not have.
     
  2. If your computer belongs to a domain other than windows.uwyo.edu (UWYO), please contact your department's network administrator first to determine what IT provided network resources are available to you,  to determine if your computer's domain can be changed to UWYO, or to determine if it needs to remain on the department-specific domain for other reasons.

 

Reviewed: 1210 By: AH, GG

Additional help with the installation and configuration of
UW-supported software is available:
Faculty/Staff
Contact the IT Help Desk at 766-HELP (4357), option 1
Email UserHelp@uwyo.edu
Contact your IT user consultant
(www.uwyo.edu/infotech/services/helpdesk/uc/)

Students
Email ASU-IT@uwyo.edu
Contact the IT Help Desk at 766-HELP (4357), option 1
Come to the student computer lab in the lobby of the
Information Technology Center.

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