Windows 2008 -> 2016 File server rename question

Server Migration
We are migrating a client over from an all your eggs in one basket server running Win2k8 to a few VMs, where we are breaking out the Infrastructure server(s), File server, appserver etc.
For argument sake, the server was called server1, I wrote a script that runs nightly to duplicate all data over to a new server (target) called server1n.  I set up all the shares/security etc.  The target server is Win2k16.
Here is my question, just want a confirmation from you guys.  They have a handful of spreadsheets with hyperlinks to different file locations, within the path it has the old server name.  Can you think of any reason at all, that once I take the old server totally offline, update DNS, that it would be a problem or break the shares on the new server if I were to simply rename the new server (server1n – to server1)?  It won’t break the shares will it? By doing so, it would prevent them from having to redo all of their spreadsheets with all the hyperlinks.
Thanks guys!
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Jeremy WeisingerSenior Network Consultant / EngineerCommented:
Once server1 is decommissioned, just add a cname record in DNS to point server1 to server1n. No need to change the server name.
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
Disable "Strict Name Checking" on the new server. Set the DNS A record for Server1 to point to Server1N's IP.


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LICOMPGUYAuthor Commented:
Like a DNS alias - I forgot about that.  That should do it?  Excellent!!!
Thanks Jeremy
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LICOMPGUYAuthor Commented:
Philip - I MEANT to select yours as the BEST solution.  I have to see if I can correct it.
Thank you!!!
Jeremy WeisingerSenior Network Consultant / EngineerCommented:
LICOMPGUYAuthor Commented:

In Win2k16 is disabling strictnamechecking through a registry key or?

Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
Instructions to disable are here.
LICOMPGUYAuthor Commented:
Thanks Phil!  I just did a test for the hell of it, made the registry change on the new server, created a cname called test1serv  - pointed to the IP address of the new prod server - works perfectly.
Thank you
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
WHY are you pointing to a SERVER?  Point to the domain.  Setup DFS Namespaces and make this easy!

And you have a script?  Why?  setup DFS replication and replicate the data so it's done automatically and near instantly.
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