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

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?
ClintonKAsked:
Who is Participating?
 
ronnypotConnect With a Mentor Commented:
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
 
activematxCommented:
Changing the computer name alone will not mess up your exchange configuration or Active Directory.  Do you need help on changing the name?
0
 
ClintonKAuthor Commented:
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
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.

 
activematxCommented:
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
 
activematxConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You can change your servername, but since you are using Exchange changing your Netbios name will break your exchange installation.
0
 
ClintonKAuthor Commented:
I think I will live with the wrong server name.
Thanks for the advice.
0
 
ronnypotCommented:
@activematx, where can you change the servername within SBS 2011, because the normal location on system properties is grayed out.
0
Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

All Courses

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.