Renaming Exchange Server - The Long Way
Posted on 2008-10-21
I have a single Exchange 2003 standard edition server on my network. This server was added a long time ago when standard naming conventions were not used. I now wish to rename this server to meet our naming conventions. I know I can not simply rename it, however I do know there is a long roundabout way of doing this.
I want to see if I have this process clear, so any advice or tips or adjustments to this would be helpful.
If I understand correctly, this is what I would need to do (questions will be in parenthesis):
--Install Exchange 2003 on a second server on the domain
--Set this second server to connect/synchronize with the main server (how? what methods of connecting? front end or back end? what adjustments are needed on the main server?)
--Uninstall Exchange from main server (how does the second server become primary? what DNS concerns are there? How long should I wait for DNS entries to correct themselves on the internet to reduce any delay in email transmission?)
--Remove main server from the domain
--Rename the main server
--Add the main server to the domain
--Install Exchange on the main server
--Synchronize the main server with the second server
--Uninstall Exchange on second server
--Remove second server from domain.
Voila. I hope these are roughly the correct steps I would need to take. I'm concerned only about loss of email service during this "transition", so any advice would be helpful.