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Rename Instance of SQL Server


Rename Instance of SQL Server

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I know how to rename a SQL server, but how do I rename another instance of SQL server 2000.

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AFAIK, there's no way to rename a SQL Server instance. You either have to re-install, or install a new instance with the desired name. Once that's done, you could move your user DB's over. Hope this helps.

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it is possible to rename the named instance of SQL server 2K, first use sp_dropserver and sp_addserver (drop the old server name and add new server name in sysservers table). Turn down the instance and create the same folder structure as the old installation folder for this renamed instance, both for installation folders and data folder appropriately i.e $OldInstanceName to $NewName, also search and replace this old instance name in registery.

then run the "rebuildm" utility for rebuilding the system databases now reboot the system and make sure SQL server is running under new name. Then detach and attache the user databases to the new location (new folder i.e $NewName)


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The shortest path is Uninstall/Reinstall (Easier than any other route)

For confirmation http://support.microsoft.com/kb/260414/en-us




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noeld (3/16/2005)


The shortest path is Uninstall/Reinstall (Easier than any other route)

For confirmation


Since this appears quite high in the google search for 'rename sql instance'..and is just not right IMHO, I thought I better add a comment.

sp_dropserver "oldservername"
sp_addserver "newservername" , local

done.
I cant see how uninstalling and reinstalling is easier for you than 2 queries and a few minor clicks here and there....
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The sp_dropserver / sp_addserver method works only for the DEFAULT instance though. On the default instance only, by using sp_dropserver / sp_addserver you can change the server name reported by @@SERVERNAME. You would also have to change your machnine name if you wanted remote clients to be able to connect to that instance using that name.

For a NAMED (non-default) instance it isn't so easy. The supported method is to uninstall / re-install. There are registry hacks to rename a default instance, but you may prefer the safer option of re-installing:

http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.sqlserver.server/browse_thread/thread/544c4eaf43ddfaf3/e9065e05718e984e
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– Get the current name of the SQL Server instance for later comparison.
SELECT @@servername
– Remove server from the list of known remote and linked servers on the local instance of SQL Server.
EXEC master.dbo.sp_dropserver ‘[SERVER NAME]‘
– Define the name of the local instance of SQL Server.
EXEC master.dbo.sp_addserver ‘[NEW SERVER NAME]‘, ‘local’
– Get the new name of the SQL Server instance for comparison.
SELECT @@servername
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Rao.V (10/21/2009)
– Get the current name of the SQL Server instance for later comparison.
SELECT @@servername
– Remove server from the list of known remote and linked servers on the local instance of SQL Server.
EXEC master.dbo.sp_dropserver ‘[SERVER NAME]‘
– Define the name of the local instance of SQL Server.
EXEC master.dbo.sp_addserver ‘[NEW SERVER NAME]‘, ‘local’
– Get the new name of the SQL Server instance for comparison.
SELECT @@servername


I know this is an old post, but...
After renaming the instance using sp_dropserver and sp_addserver, selecting @@SERVERNAME will not return the new, changed instance name until a sql server service restart has occurred.

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did you do it for a default or name instance?
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Muy buen post, funcionó de maravilla, me han aliviado de un gran problema.

Gracias

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Hubert Calderón Vargas



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