Rename computername during SCCM Tasksequence

Rename computername during SCCM Tasksequence

At one of my customers I was responsible for deploying computers using SCCM 2007 R2.
The customer asked me to add computers to SCCM using a continuous number, but during the deployment the computers must be renamed to identify if it’s a laptop or a desktop.
e.g. for a laptop: LT000001

To fix this issue and rename the computers I created a VBScript, called Computername.vbs

First I’ve set the variables for the script, where I use the TaskSequence variable to receive the computername from the SCCM-database.

Set oShell = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell") 
Set oTSEnv = CreateObject("Microsoft.SMS.TSEnvironment") 
strMachineName = lcase(oTSENV("_SMSTSMachineName")) 
strComputer = "."

Then I added an option to set the continuous number if the deployment was executed by Task Sequence Media (e.g. USB-stick).

If left(strMachineName,6) = "minint" Then strMachineName = inputbox("Please enter your computernumber (Last 6 digits of the serial, or the 6 digits of your CI-Code)","Computer Name",,30,30)

The customer used Fujitsu hardware and for laptops they only used “Lifebook”-computers. So I used the following check to identify if the hardware was a laptop or a desktop.

Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!" & strComputer & "rootcimv2")
Set colItems = objWMIService.ExecQuery("Select * from Win32_Computersystem")
For Each Item In colItems
            strModel = UCase(item.model)
            If left(strModel,8) = "LIFEBOOK" then
                        strType = "LT"
                        strType = "PC"
            End If

Now the renaming can begin, this is the easy part. 🙂

oTSEnv("OSDComputerName") = UCase(strType & strMachineName)

Of course you can add more conditions to the script, but the most important part of the renaming is when and how you run the script.
To run the script I added a Command Line-job where I selected the package-name and in the Command Line-box I added the name of the script:


Then I made sure this script runs BEFORE you apply the Operating System:
That’s it! With these settings you can rename your computer during deployment.
I hope this article will help you in your SCCM environment! If you have any additional comment, please let me know!


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    • Mike on 17 November 2011 at 20:56
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    From this script the user will be prompted to enter the computer name?
    IS there a way to script to step?

    1. Hi Mike,

      The script uses the computername you’ve entered in SCCM, BUT if you use a “Task Sequence Media”, like a prepared USB stick, then the computername will start with “MiniNt”. In my script the computername is checked and when it starts with “MiniNt”, then you will get a prompt to enter the computername. I use it, because the only reason a “Task Sequence Media” is used in my current environment is when a admin or engineer is working with the computer. Real users will never use a “Task Sequence Media” in my current environment.

      I hope this answers your question.

      Kind Regards,
      Ruben Koene

    • Kevin Brown on 13 November 2012 at 15:06
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    This is just what I am looking for but I am having issues with it, I keep getting a scrip error at “line 1 charecter 27”

    Can you help?
    Kind Regards

    1. Hi Kevin,

      I guess you copied it including layout. Replace all the with default notepad . That will do the trick.

      regards, Ruben

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