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Share Point Server 2010 Alternate Access Mapping

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Hello Experts, i have this question. I have to change my MOSS 2010 URl to some other name. But by default it picks up the servername. I need to install sharepoint on the other machine but i want the names of the url still having the same old server name.
Say my old URL is : http://OLDServer/SitePages/Test.aspx. After deploying my sites to other machines, it will be changed to http://NewServer/SitePages/Test.aspx. I want to change it back to http://OLDServer/SitePages/Test.aspx. So in a way, user will hit the old url and it will route to new one. Also I will discard our old server.

 I know about Alternate access mapping feature but i need to know exact step by step instruction, also how i will make a DNS entry in the DNS server. If possible, please give me complete steps.


Thanks Much.
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by:DBengineer
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If I understood your questions correctly, following should work.

You have two WFE in two different farms under one domain/DNS and assuming it is not load balanced.

Create an A record in your DNS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYj7KSIn2Xo

Create two A records for example
•      Oldserver.mydomain.local ¿ point IP to ServerA (192.168.1.10)
•      Newserver.mydomain.local ¿ point IP to ServerB (192.168.1.20)

Note: mydomain.local is the domain name

OLD FARM:
(http://oldserver.mydomain.local) Alternate access mapping of ServerA


NEW FARM:
(http://newserver.mydomain.local) Alternate access mapping of ServerB


Cut over steps:
If you just wanted to point the http://newserver.mydomain.local and http://oldserver.mydomain.local pointing to servers other way round, make the following changes.
In the DNS change the IP address of DNS A record oldserver pointing to IP address of ServerB
In the DNS change the IP address of DNS A record newserver pointing to IP address of ServerA

Example:
•      Oldserver.mydomain.local ¿ point IP to ServerB (192.168.1.20)
•      Newserver.mydomain.local ¿ point IP to ServerA (192.168.1.10)

Sorry if this is not what you expected.
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by:resolution11
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Thanks DBenginner, Thanks for your answer. Creating DNS entries was very helpful.  Just more clarification. Yes you are right that I have WFE in two different farms under one domain/DNS and it is not load balanced. Now here is the scenario
Server A (OLD Server)(192.168.1.10) has url http://oldserver.mydomain.local 
Server B (New Server)(192.168.1.20)has url http://Newserver.mydomain.local 
Just mentioning my ask again: I need to deploy my sharepoint sites to new Server B. Once done, i still need to keep the url to show the old server name as users only know that name.
Once done, i will shutdown or remove the old server.
Steps:
1.    Create two A records for example
•      Oldserver.mydomain.local  point IP to ServerA (192.168.1.10)
•      Newserver.mydomain.local  point IP to ServerB (192.168.1.20
Q: will there not be any conflict for OLD server as its name already exits on DNS. Should i not just create 1 DNS entry for the new server only.

2. Configuring AAM:
Q: Do i need to go to both servers and do that or just the new Server.
Q: Do i need to do any bindings in IIS

Please bear with me. I am bit confused here.
And also can you please clarify the Last Part.

Thanks Much,
Harman
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Please ignore the http://Newserver.mydomain.local if you are not going to keep the OLD FARM alive and if you are completely decommisioning that for good.

NEW FARM:

Make sure the AAM settings on the NEW farm has the same logical DNS name.

Once you are ready to do the production cut over, point the exisitng same (URL) A record to the new ipaddress of the new WFE, things should work fine as it used to work now.

Thanks
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