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I need to change the server name on an Windows 2000 Server.  Any EASY way to do this?

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That depends on whether or not it's a domain controller.  

If it's not, then you can change the name the same way you would with a workstation.  Right click on My Computer -> Properties -> Network Identification tab -> Properties button -> Change... button.

If it is a domain controller, you run into more problems.  If you really have to change the name, you'll have to demote it, change it, then promote it again.  If it's the only DC on your network, all of the AD information will be lost.
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Count is correct.  However I have heard of people running into issues with demoting it then promoting it again.  Though ive personally never had to demote it in order to change the name.
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I would certainly agree that if it is a domain controller, even if it's not the last one, I would be very hesitant to demote and promote it.  It might work out okay, but there are certainly issues that can arise.  For instance, if it holds any of the single master operations roles and these roles aren't transferred successfully your whole domain could experience difficulties.  Definitely a last resort.  I would suggest that it might actually be easier to build a new domain controller with the name you want it to have, allow replication to complete, transfer any roles, observe for problems, and then just demote the original server and do whatever you want with it.

But that's just me.
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