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

Posted on 2011-09-23
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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?
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Changing the computer name alone will not mess up your exchange configuration or Active Directory.  Do you need help on changing the name?
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by:ClintonK
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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.
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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.
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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.
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You can change your servername, but since you are using Exchange changing your Netbios name will break your exchange installation.
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by:ClintonK
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I think I will live with the wrong server name.
Thanks for the advice.
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@activematx, where can you change the servername within SBS 2011, because the normal location on system properties is grayed out.
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