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rename servers in active directory

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I want to switch servers name in the active directory and wonder it is possible to do.
I have  a server named srva and want to rename this to srvold.
I have a server srvb and want to name this to srva.
Experts out there can you put some steps please?
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Question by:sara2000
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by:dmwynne
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To rename the server make sure you know the local admin passwrod and loginusing it to test.

Disjoin it from the domain.

Change the computer name and join back to the domain.

Consider what services depend on the server and its name.  Do users map drives to it, what functions does it server as you may need to account for this once the name has changed.
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by:sara2000
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Why do i have to disjoin? if so how do i disjoing?
Can not I just rename it ?
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by:dmwynne
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Technically you can rename it but I always dis-join then re-join.  Experience has taught me to use this method and it has not let me down.

Here is the MS article with the official steps:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/295017/en-us

To disjoin right click computer, properties, change settings, change, select workgroup and enter any workgroup name.
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by:Mahesh
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is this domain controllers ?
If No ignore my comment
If yes,
There is totally separate procedure for that
1st of allmake sure that your domain functional level is windows 2003 OR above
There are two steps involved in it

1.Rename a domain controller using Netdom

2.Update the FRS member object
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I think dis-join then you have to delete the entry via AD?
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Yes you would need to delete the Active Directory computer object.
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Actually no need to delete computer object
For ex: 1st you take srva to workgroup and then rename it to srvold
Then you need to to right click srva and click on reset computer account
This will remove reset secure channel with srva
now you take srvb to workgroup, rename it to srva and join it to domain

This is the ideal way I'd prefer

Mahesh.
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