Rename SQL Server

Posted on 2011-03-21
Last Modified: 2012-08-14

I'm not sure if I'm worrying to much, but I currently have a Windows 2003 Server that functions as an AD, DNS, File and Sql server.  I want to take it off the current domain, rename it, then add to a new domain.  

When I do this, will it also rename the SQL database instance i.e. from oldservername\DBname to newservername\DBname  or will it keep the old instance name?  If so, what do I need to do to make sure that when I rename, my database can then be reached again by clients?

Thank you
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NOTE:   Delete any jobs you have running before you change the name.   Then rebuild them after.   They stop working if you change the name.  There are other ways to do it, it is just easier this way.

I have done it a few times with no issue.  I only have it as a Local unamed instance.

I would also pull any domain users out of security.
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I am by no means a sql administrator.  I know how to install it that is about it :-).  Wwakefield, what do you mean by jobs?

I should have mentioned that this is Sql 2005 Std, Sharath_123.  That last link is good but does not have 2005.  Any other links?


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The SGL Agent jobs if you have any running.   Perhaps something unique to your environment.   Go to SQL AGENT and look under jobs.  You may not have any.  It was justa  a note from the last time I changed a server name.


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Glad everythng worked out....

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