Change name of terminal server for remote desktop connections

Running a terminal server with 40 user licenses. Need to change the name of the server so that my remote people can connect to it still with those licenses using the new name.

Efforts to change it so far have resulted in the licenses becoming unavailable. Not sure what I'm missing in the steps but something isn't right.

Thanks in advance for assistance.

Server is 2008 R2 Standard. No issues with connections in general. Tasked with changing the server name to something else as the current name is too close to another server in our network apparently. Causing confusion.
telstar_Asked:
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Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
You have to change the name of the licensing server also; it does not change when you rename the PC.  Or, if you are not in an AD environment, an old but good fix is to use the licensing server's ip in the licensing manager rather than its name.
joharderCommented:
Check DNS and also your AD GPO that designates your license server.  If the AD GPO uses the server name, it will need to be changed there.
telstar_Author Commented:
How about if the licensing server is the terminal server too? Same name, same box.
joharderCommented:
That shouldn't be an issue; it's just that DNS and the AD GPO must identify the RDS server correctly as both the licensing server and RDS.

Try using an IP address to identify the RDS license server during the transition.  In general, it's best to insert the server name rather than IP address within the AD GPO, but it may be best to temporarily use the IP if DNS updates may be an issue.

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