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Change Hostname of DFS/DFRS Host

I need to change the hostname of one of my DFS hosts. I am afraid of breaking the agreements, etc. This is one of 3 hosts, so replication can still occur in the downtime for this host.

Host1 - Win2008 Enterprise Edition
Host2 - Win2008 R2 Enterprise Edition
Host3 - Win2003 R2 Enterprise Edition

I need to change the hostname of the Host2.

My plan of attack:
     - Remove DFS and FRS agreements
     - Keep all data originally replicated
     - Update/remove replication agreements on other hosts if necessary
     - Monitor Event Viewer for any errors related to DFS/DFRS
     - Remove File Services Role from Server Manager
     - Change Hostname and Update DNS and ensure it resolves properly from other DFS hosts
     - Reboot
     - Add File Services role
     - Create Namespace and Replication agreements
     - Run manual "Replicate Now" on one of the agreements
     - If good, let it roll out.

how does this plan sound? Any issue with 2003R2 or 2008 that I should expect to see?
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I wouldn't bother with removing the file service role, just remove from DFS and DFS R, then rename and join back to DFS and DFS R

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