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Can I rename a Windows 2003 SBS Server if I never installed Exchange on it?

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Can I rename a Windows 2003 SBS Server if I never installed Exchange on it?
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No.  SBS doesn't allow renaming with Exchange.  You could uninstall, then rename, then reinstall Exchange.
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Let me also mention that Microsoft doesn't support renaming an SBS server, only reinstalling it.
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Two limitations of SBS are you cannot change the domain name or the computer name. Doing so will "break" many SBS services such as Exchange (which you say is not installed), sharepoint, possibly AD as it is customized for SBS and more.
Why did you not install Exchange? Best option with SBS is to install all services even if you do not plan to use them. You may have issues when installing service packs if all services were not installed.
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