I am currently trying to move my SP servers to another domain, in order to test an upgrade. Currently, I don't have a testbed for testing an upgrade to SP2010, etc. So what I did was, make a clone of each virtual machine, and then move it to another domain. I have three servers total: SQL, Application Server, and Web Front End.
The tricky part is that, I want to keep the "real" servers online. That way, I will have, essentially, two sharepoint farms with the same content on them.
However, whenever I try to get to central administration on the "clone", it goes directly to the original server for Central Administration...which is understandable because that's what SharePoint has been told to do. I want to change that, though, so that they're two separate farms!
I made copies of those, and would like to rename them to:
I went scouring the internet for answers, or a step by step guide...but I know that it was going to be hard because I'm not only changing the server name, and the domain, but this domain is missing the accounts that were used to service SharePoint in the first place. domain1\spadmin won't exist, etc.
Here is what I have found so far, and what hasn't worked:
Changing the server name worked, however when trying to set an Alternate Access Mapping, it returned an "Object Reference not set to an instance of an object
." error message. Not to mention, I wasn't sure if I should be doing this on the server that hosts Central Admin, or the Web Front End.
I've tried going into Central Administration, but unfortunately it tries to open CA for the "real" server (remember, this is a clone that I've added to a different domain). Because the URLs within SharePoint are the same, I think that's why it's trying to go to the "old" server.
I've also tried http://moss-exchange.blogspot.com/2007/12/renaming-sharepoint-server.html
to the same effect.
Apparently I'm unable to change the AAMs on the server due to that error that I listed above.
I wonder what would happen if I just uninstalled SharePoint completely, rebooted all three servers (SQL, Central Admin, WFE), changed the computer names, and then recreated the farm using the Products and Technology wizard? Would I be able to point the new SharePoint farm at the already-existing configuratoin/content databases on the SQL server?
Any info would be appreciated, as this is a high priority, high visibility task...but unfortunately, I'm kind of stuck, since something is keeping me from changing the AAMs on the cloned servers.