Renaming Exchange Server 2007

Posted on 2007-04-11
Last Modified: 2010-08-05
Hello All:

I am installing Exchange 2007 for the first time and following a set of instructions that have been very helpful.  I am at the point to where I am beginning to move mailboxes over from my legacy system to Exchange 2007.  My question is after the mailboxes are moved and I have finished decommisioning the old exchange server--can I rename the Exchange 2007 and call it the Computer Name of the old exchange server without any problems?   For example, the present old exchange server is called Server1 and the New Echange 2007 server is called Server2.  I would like to rename the Server2 and call it Server1.

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You cannot rename the server once Exchange is installed.
If you want to rename the server you will have to remove Exchange, drop the machine from the domain, rename it, put it back in the domain and then reinstall Exchange. You will then have to restore the data in some way.


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Hello Sembee:

I cannot rename it even if it is not a DC?

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Hello Sembee:

Do you know what problems I will be looking at if I uninstall exchange in it's pressent state?  I have not moved any mailboxes over from the Exchange Server 2000
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The Exchange 2007 setup is quite intuitive - if there is a problem it will soon tell you.
Once removed you will have to remove all of the data files before doing anything else like reinstalling Exchange 2007.

Doesn't matter whether the machine is a DC or not, once Exchange is installed you cannot rename it. There is more to the machine than the name on the network - the name is used throughout Exchange.


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