Renamed a SBS 2003 server

Posted on 2006-06-27
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Last Modified: 2010-04-18
We have a Windows 2003 SBS server that had the server named changed.  When the initial setup was ran the person show did it named the server wrong.  When he discovered this he change the server name to what he wanted it to be.  Now I get errors dealing with the MSSQL sharepoint service for it is trying to connect to the old name of the server.  I have tried stopping the service but it will not stop.  Any help correct this problem would be greatly apppreciated.

Question by:adsnetcurve
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itcoza earned 2000 total points
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Have a look at: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sbs/2003/plan/gsg/chptr3a.mspx

Below is a statement quoted from this page:

After you install Windows Small Business Server 2003, you cannot change the full DNS name for the internal domain, the NetBIOS domain name, or the computer name. These settings are used to configure Windows Small Business Server tools and applications. To change these names, you must reinstall Windows Small Business Server 2003.

This is the word from Microsoft.  Ooops.  It seems you have a little work to do.


PS:  This is a SBS question.  Can we have it move please.
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Hi adsnetcurve,

Do you need more information?



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When you start a resintall are you given the option to repair the current install or will it overwrite your current install and require you to reset up all the users and install all applications.
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If you are referring to the process of repairing the OS, there is a option to perform a repair that will not affect the SBS installation in any way unless you have Service Pack 1 installed and you repair with a non-SP1 disk.

Hope this helps you.
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Don't forget to assign points and grade the question... remember that we are in it for the points... not the money.... not that there is any :)

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