How do I keep the same server name in an Exchange migration (new hardware not in situ replace)
Posted on 2009-05-14
We want to move from Win Server 2000/Exchange 2000 to NEW HARDWARE AND move to Win Server 2003/Exchange Server2003.
BUT - We have to keep the same server name and IP, as we have a lot of applications and services utilising the SMTP services on the exchange server, and we cannot change all references to the server name/IP, so we have to keep the same server name and IP.
We have only a few very small mailboxes and no public folders to move, so the actual migration to the new hardware wont take very long. We had planned to carry this out during a normal outage, once it was completed, take the old server down, and rename the new server with the same server name/IP.
However I have read that this is not possible, and you cannot re-name an Exchange server????
Is this correct, any tips/help very much appreciated.