Exchange 2003 computer rename.

Posted on 2006-04-25
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I have four exchange 2003 servers in my organisation (clustered), I am currently undergoing a rationalisation from four servers to two.  Our servers are geographically named and I have bought one back to HQ, I would like to rename the server so that it makes sense logically.  I understand that this is quite a big deal and that the easiest way to do it is uninstall exchange rename the server and then reinstall exchange? or is it safe to just rename the computer account or do I need to use rendom?  I would just like to stress at this point that i dont want to rename our domains/forest/orgainisation just the server.

Question by:AlistairDyer
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    You don't rename Exchange servers.

    Thats it.

    Therefore if you want to change the name of the server you will have to migrate all the data off, then remove Exchange properly using Add/Remove programs. Delete the database files, reboot the machine, drop it in to a workgroup, reboot again, rename, reboot again (don't even think about skipping the reboots with a rename). Finally put the machine back in to the domain, reboot and install Exchange, plus service packs and patches.


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