Want to protect your cyber security and still get fast solutions? Ask a secure question today.Go Premium

x
?
Solved

Can I change the computer name on a  Windows SBS 2011 server

Posted on 2011-09-23
7
Medium Priority
?
3,044 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-02
I have just received a newly built server running Windows SBS 2011 Standard. Unfortunately the computer name has been incorrectly entered.
If I change the name will it mess up the Exchange configuration or Active Directory?
0
Comment
Question by:ClintonK
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
7 Comments
 
LVL 9

Expert Comment

by:activematx
ID: 36589418
Changing the computer name alone will not mess up your exchange configuration or Active Directory.  Do you need help on changing the name?
0
 

Author Comment

by:ClintonK
ID: 36589823
I'm OK changing the name thanks which I have just tried to do after your post. The server name change is rejected because the person who built it has set the NETBIOS name to the name the server should have been set to.
I'm not sure how to go about changing the NETBIOS name. If I could do that then I think I would be home and dry.
0
 
LVL 9

Expert Comment

by:activematx
ID: 36589862
If you change your NETBIOS name errors could occur in your Exchange setup.  What I recommend is that you create a new domain in a new forest and use ADMT to migrate AD objects.
0
Making Bulk Changes to Active Directory

Watch this video to see how easy it is to make mass changes to Active Directory from an external text file without using complicated scripts.

 
LVL 26

Accepted Solution

by:
ronnypot earned 1000 total points
ID: 36589924
You cannot change the server name of a SBS server, please these screens provided during the installation process:

 sbs2011install-13-e1294522448228.jpg

 sbs2011install-15-e1294522558964.jpg

So if you want another servername, you or need to do a migration or do a complete fresh installation.
0
 
LVL 9

Assisted Solution

by:activematx
activematx earned 1000 total points
ID: 36589977
You can change your servername, but since you are using Exchange changing your Netbios name will break your exchange installation.
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:ClintonK
ID: 36590016
I think I will live with the wrong server name.
Thanks for the advice.
0
 
LVL 26

Expert Comment

by:ronnypot
ID: 36594885
@activematx, where can you change the servername within SBS 2011, because the normal location on system properties is grayed out.
0

Featured Post

Creating Active Directory Users from a Text File

If your organization has a need to mass-create AD user accounts, watch this video to see how its done without the need for scripting or other unnecessary complexities.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

This article will help to fix the below errors for MS Exchange Server 2016 I. Certificate error "name on the security certificate is invalid or does not match the name of the site" II. Out of Office not working III. Make Internal URLs and Externa…
There are literally thousands of Exchange recovery applications out there. So how do you end up picking one that’s ideal for your business & purpose? By carefully scouting the product’s features, the benefits it offers you, & reading ample reviews f…
The video tutorial explains the basics of the Exchange server Database Availability groups. The components of this video include: 1. Automatic Failover 2. Failover Clustering 3. Active Manager
A short tutorial showing how to set up an email signature in Outlook on the Web (previously known as OWA). For free email signatures designs, visit https://www.mail-signatures.com/articles/signature-templates/?sts=6651 If you want to manage em…
Suggested Courses
Course of the Month15 days, 10 hours left to enroll

580 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question