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Server name Change Requirement

  Asked By: Thomas    Date: Aug 21    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 913

We need to chang the names of our servers to migrate to Active Directory. Need
to know if we can just change the names of the servers ( Small farm one
sharepoint and one SQL server) or do we need to disconnect from the databases
and try reconnecting after changing the names.

No DNS changes just the computer names of the SQL Server and the SharePoint
server. The external access is a FQDN that still points to the same IP Address.
Internally we use http://servername/

After our bad experience with SP 1 and haveing to blow away the databases and
reinstall and upgrade SharePoint from scratch because the upgrade did not
upgrade the databases on the SQL server porperly, I' trying to avoid losing
everything again.

Luckily we are still using SharePoint 2001 for our production portal but are
being pressured to move to SharePoint 2003 so we want to work out problems
before hand.



4 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Marlon Colon     Answered On: Aug 21

I don't know why, totally, but I'm thinking you need to disconnect and
recreate a new config DB. Changing the names  of servers  - especially
your index servers - is a great way to ensure you'll use all your mental
health hours in your employment benefits package.

Answer #2    Answered By: Pierre Copeland     Answered On: Aug 21

will the existing _PROF, _SERV, and _SITE databases  still be
accessible or will they have to be recreated?

Answer #3    Answered By: Lewis Mann     Answered On: Aug 21

They should be accessible. I'd do this on a test server  first.

Answer #4    Answered By: Clayton Berry     Answered On: Aug 21

This is in effect a test server  since after attempting to upgrade  what we had to
SP 1 ended in a complete rebuild and start from scratch. There is nothing on
the box execpt for the out of the box stuff and my own 'MySite' that we are
using to development training before we implement it in a production

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