Fileserver Name

Posted on 2011-05-01
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I'm going to be replacing my fileserver (Server 2008) with different one and want to keep the name that is on the old one.  I know from past experience that the Active Directory, DHCP, DNS server won't allow that.  

Is there anyway I can replace the fileserver and have it with the same name.  The AD, DHCP,DNS server is also 2008.
Question by:dayspringit
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    You can easily keep the same name. I've been rebuild a test server repeatedly & re-adding it to my domain all week long.

    The new server will just have a different SID, which really won't be a big deal. The old SID will own the DNS record. Just delete the DNS record then run "ipconfig /registerdns" on the new server. You may have some issues adding the new server to the domain, in which case just delete the old record & add the new one to the domain.

    You mention DHCP as well. It's bad practice to have any server running as a DHCP client, you want to statically assign IP's to all your servers. If you have to use DHCP, you can delete the DHCP record and create a new create a new DHCP reservation for the new MAC address of the new server.
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    Did you use DFS for that server or just "sharing things"?... because using DFS (domain based) you will have the advantage of "moving" the "server target" (using different names) without affecting the path seen by users. (more details on DFS Step-by-Step Guide for Windows Server 2008)

    If there is a "simple file sharing server" and you have planned an "inplace" upgrade (of software or hardware) you could do a "simple" backup/restore (if you replace the hardware) or just install your new server with another name and after you copy all the data and shutdown the old server you could rename-it the new one as long you run only the "file services" on it (otherwise could me more complicated if you have on it DHCP, DNS or other services).

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    Actually we DO of course have static IP's on all our servers.  This seemed to work great!!!  Thanks

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