Windows Server 2008 computer needs a name change

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The short: We have a Windows Server 2008 computer that needs a name change. How much trouble will this cause for the domain? The Long: At a charity that refurbishes computers for people with low incomes, someone installed a server with Windows Server 2008 and made it a domain (a workgroup would have been fine for our needs). He named the server "server". We use installation CDs that need to access a different server that was also called "server" that has our install information. (Putting those programs in the new server caused problems and the install CD wouldn't work). So, the "easy" fix for our install CDs is to change the Windows Server 2008's name to something else, like server3. Thanks for any information you can give me.

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The change you want to make will not cause any problems for your domain, no.

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  • Subhendu Sen
    In order to rename server 2008, u may need to use NETDOM command. In Windows Server 2008, this is part of the operating system. One and most comprehensiveadvantage is that, By using this command, not necessary to sit near the DC that renaming. It can use from any computer that has the NETDOM command. U must reboot the computer after renaming it. CAUTION: Domain Controllers that r running Microsoft's Certificate Authority services can never be renamed. Remember, This utility doesn't renaming the entire domain! Instead of using u have to use, please use RENDOM utility and it is a part of AD.
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  • carlosdl
    I agree with Rechil on using Netdom to rename the server. You could also use the system properties, but this is what Microsft ways about using that option: "Although you can use System Properties to rename a domain controller (as you can for any computer), Active Directory and DNS replication latency might temporarily prevent clients from locating or authenticating (or both) to the renamed domain controller. To avoid this delay, you can use the Netdom command-line tool to rename a domain controller" Here's a Technet article that dicusses the different options and links to the instructions on how to perform the operation: Renaming a Domain Controller
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