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Changing names of all Virtual Servers in VMware

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We are using vCenter 6.x.  We would like to change the names of all virtual servers in our Data Center about  200+  for the sake of uniformity.   This includes Domain controllers and  ESXi Hosts too. The OS used are  Windows, Linux, Novell, etc.    Can  this be accomplished? If so, would appreciate a guide.
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The inventory name and the internal OS name ?
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by:gheist
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Guest rename is independent from VM rename. 2nd has no impact on machine running inside at all.
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by:Mr Tortur
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Hi,

do you want to rename VM files names too?

Rename VM :
- in vCenter/ESX inventory  >> quick and easy without downtime
- OS name >> you must log in in each VM, and then reboot
- VM files (.vmx, .vmdk, .vswp, etc...) >>> you must shutdown each VM you want to rename
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by:cgeorgeisaac
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Sure, I want to rename VMs, Hosts:

As I understand to change VMs and Files:  Rename from vCenter and then migrate/storage vMotion to change the   VM files too for the sake of uniformity.  

How can I do it for the  ESXi Host?
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To change VM inventory and files name, yes, you're right.

To change host hostname I am pretty sure you will need to reboot them to apply the change, so migrate all VM from host one by one.
You can do that at DCUI on ESX console or SSH ("dcui" command)
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You need to reset all ESXi configuration <=5.5
Or just rename host from vcenter UI =>6.0
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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Hostname changes can be done from the vSphere Client.

but make sure you have the correct (new) hostname setup in DNS
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Thanks.
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