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Rename a file server on a domain

Posted on 2007-08-01
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Last Modified: 2010-03-05
I have a quick question regarding replaicng a file server. I am replacing our main file server and wanted to know if I could rename a server while it is on the domain?

I plan on installing my new file server(ServerA), migrating over all the file shares and permissions. Once everything is migrated I then wanted to rename the old server(ServerA) to something else (ServerX), then rename the new server (ServerB) to the old server name (ServerA).

Would this scenario work?
Question by:Atomic75
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Stephen Manderson earned 2000 total points
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Yes you can change the name, just be sure to update the shares etc..
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by:Stephen Manderson
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You will need to restart the file servers each time you change the name so that it updates it on the DC so the name can be reused.

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ID: 19611882
OK so my plan for this woud go as follows (all done during none business hours):

1. backup serverA to tape using backupexec or windows backup
2. Create sharepoints on Server B and grant same permissions
3. restore to ServerB from tape using Backupexec or windows backup
4. Stop sharing on serverA. Change Name and IP Address of serverA and reboot.
5. Rename ServerB to ServerA, change IP and reboot.
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by:Stephen Manderson
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Yes that would work,

There are also other options you could copy them directly to the new server with xcopy or robocopy as the would also copy permissions etc.. Depending upon speed factors of your hardware.

But your plan as it is will work fine.

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ID: 19612218
Great. Thanks so much for your help.

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