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Do I need to rename the vmdk file, vm config file and working location after renaming a VM server?

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I have changed a VM server's name and wanted to know do I need to rename the vmdk file, vm config file and working location? The VM server is working fine. Is there any risk to the server if I do not rename these items?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 167 total points
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You do not need to rename them, BUT some VMware Administrators like to rename ALL the files for consistency, e.g. so the Inventory Name matches the VM Folder Name, and all the files, and virtual machine disks.

Renaming cam be time consuming, and I don't think it's easy.

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I agree with Andy, it's not apparent in the GUI, but on the backend the file names don't all change to match the new server name you changed it to. At least that's how it was in the past, and judging from Andy's advice it's still that way. The reason why this is important, would be if you ever need to reference the files directly for troubleshooting or other reasons, it gets confusing.
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Personally it always bother me to have a VM's display name say one thing and the config file not match. When I have to rename a VM. I do a storage Vmotion so the config files will be updated to the new name
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I totally agree with you compdigit44, and I think that's a good practice. It can get very messy, especially if the VMware admin leaves the company and you inherit the virtual environment.
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If you don't have Storage vMotion, you've got to do it manually, or do a V2 using "VMware Converter", or VM Restore.
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Thanks everyone for contributing. Much appreciated
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