Exchange 2003 rename SITENAME

Posted on 2005-04-15
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
Can I rename my exchnage 2003 SITENAME?

If so how.

Should I pay MS the $300 to do it with me?
Question by:akourafas
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    Expert Comment

    what are you referecing when you are talking about site name? Exchange 2003 no longer uses sites, it uses Routing Groups and Admin groups. Are you refering to the organization?
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    Expert Comment

    If you are talking about rename the Whole Windows Domain name to something else...  then yes, there is a way to do it, but totally not recommeted.  If you want to rename the domain, you should create the new domain on the new server, trust the old domain servers, move mailboxes, then remove the trust and the old servers.

    FYI, to rename the domain:
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    Author Comment

    This is the Exchnage 2003 SITENAME.

    windows support tools
    start run adsiedit.msc

    configuration container
    ms exchange
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    Expert Comment

    I believe the main OU is the domain name.  Any OU under that you can change through AD user and computer
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    Expert Comment

    I doubt your old Priv1.edb and Pub1.edb would mount once you change the Exchange Site name (i.e First Admin Group)
    Be carefull, before you do that.
    Remove the server from Network or else, the change would replicate and your entire Exchange can do down.
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    Accepted Solution

    That is your organizational name -- if you want to rename that (for whatever reason) you have decomission every instance of Exchange in or Organization and ensure you have no mailbox enabled users anywhere on your network. Renaming your Organization is a BIG DEAL.
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    by:David Wilhoit
    you can simply rename the AG, but any backups done prior to this change won't be able to be restored and started to the new AG name. The legacyexchangedn.exe tool can help you with this change, it's on the E2K3 cd.
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    Kidego-- this is an admin group and not the org name?

    The path he listed above was
    microsoft Exchange

    Ater the Microsoft Exchange
    is Cn- Active Directory Connections and
    Cn= organizational name
    if you pierce lower you will have the admin groups.

    I am misunderstanding this users question?

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    I used adsiedit.msc to browse to the sitename and changed it... "CN=ORIGINALSITENAME" to "CN=NEWSITENAME". When I restarted systems manager, it updated to the new site name.

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