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Renaming a server running SQL 2008 Expand / Collapse
Posted Wednesday, June 18, 2014 11:34 AM


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We are adding a new server and moving some database apps off an existing server, leaving just one database app on the existing server (Dynamics NAV accounting database app.). We want to rename the existing server from OHS-SQL to OHS-FIN. It will be a dedicated Finance Dept. server.
I have never tried this before and don't know what pitfalls to look for. The OS is Windows 2008 Standard with SQL 2008. There are only four workstations using this application.
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Posted Wednesday, June 18, 2014 12:29 PM



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Quite possible, and relatively easy to do.

Just keep this guide handy:
and you shouldn't have any problems.

Of course, you also need to change the connection on the workstations, which depends on the app how you do that.
With just four workstations, that shouldn't be too bad...

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Renaming the physical server hosting your SQL Instance is definitely possible, here's how MS suggests doing it since you'll need to also update the metadata in SQL after the change:

Something to note depending on what services your using is this may affect kerberos. Just test anything that does a double-hop back to the server like Reporting Services or SSIS to verify they still work after the rename. If not you'll need to modify your SPNs.
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