Replacing existing server with a new server with the same machine name

In the upcoming months we want to replace one of our servers running NT4 by a new machine running Windows 2000/2003 server.

Since it will also be used as fileserver with all kinds of links to other files, we would like to use the same name for the enw server as for the old server.

My question is:
Would it be possible to change the name of the new server afterwards; I can configure everything upfront, while connected to the network and at a specific date after dismounting the original 'rename' the new server towards the old name ?

please advise,

Ruud Giesbers (The Netherlands)
vriendruudAsked:
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LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
You can install your new server using the same name, just don't connect it to the network yet. After you've fully installed it and set up the active directory. You can rename the old one and move all the files.

I think this is the easiest way.

LucF (also the Netherlands, but talking english for the others who might read this treat)
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vriendruudAuthor Commented:
Hi Luc,

We did this method when we changed one of the other servers, but the installation on the network is more than only moving files. Also SQL server in a WAN network has to be configured and have one additional server (temporarily) in the network would be more handy.

What I do understand of your answer is that you believe you cannot change the name after primary installation anymore.


please comment
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LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
If you want to use Active Directory this is not easy, some things depend on the machine name. For instance if your server will become a domaincontroller this will be impossible.

I think your workaround with a 3rd server will do great. You can hire a server almost anywhere. You'll only need it for a few days, so I'd say go for it.

LucF
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LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
ThanQ and good luck replacing your server.
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