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  • Rename Win2k3 member running Exch 2003

    I'm in the process of moving my existing exchange 2003 (which is on a DC) to a windows 2003 member server. Once I have completed the migration, I would like to rename this machine to the same name of my existing exchange server.
    I have found a document on microsoft's site that walks you through this but this is done by moving the actual information store and running setup on your target server in disaster recovery mode but decided not to go in this direction.
    Once I have the migration complete and i have verified that mail is flowing through the new server and have taken my existing exch offline, am i able to rename the win2k3 box? will this cause any problem with exch2k3 running on this machine if i do this? I can't think of a reason how it could cause a problem but just wanted to make sure before doing this

    thanks
    Jamie

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    Re: Rename Win2k3 member running Exch 2003

    To my knowledge it is impossinle to rename an Exchange Server. It will break your Exchange organization. The known procedure is moving the exchange server around. Move Data store from exchange a to exchange B. Uninstall Exchange on Exchange A (see document uninstalling your first exchange server). Rename Exchange A to exchange C. Move Data store from exchange server B to exchange C. Uninstall echange B, usign the same procedure as uninstalling your first exchange server.
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    • #3
      Re: Rename Win2k3 member running Exch 2003

      Oh boy ... Well, I think I'll just keep the name I have - lol I do need to make an IP address change which I dont believe is an issue at all ?

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      • #4
        Re: Rename Win2k3 member running Exch 2003

        That is possible, but be sure to update all your DNS records.
        Yiu can force it to update all its records by using IPCONFIG /Registerdns and or by NLTEST (internal dns).
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        • #5
          Re: Rename Win2k3 member running Exch 2003

          Would Exchange 2003 on a win2k3 domain controller be effected if you change the IP address of the machine?

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          • #6
            Re: Rename Win2k3 member running Exch 2003

            Using the MS procedure for moving exchange to a new server with the same name using disasterrecovery is the way to go. I've used this method and it is very easy to accomplish.

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            • #7
              Re: Rename Win2k3 member running Exch 2003

              Originally posted by Jamie View Post
              Would Exchange 2003 on a win2k3 domain controller be effected if you change the IP address of the machine?
              In general, temporarily yes. When you change it you should reboot, DNS should register and sort itself out, Exchange will probably fail or give errors but another reboot will fix that. Personally I would stop the exchange services. Change the IP, reboot, make sure AD is good and then start exchange afterwards.
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              • #8
                Re: Rename Win2k3 member running Exch 2003

                I wouldn't recommend renaming the server - that will break Exchange. I also wouldn't recommend using the disaster recovery method. While it works, it does put the data at unnecessary risk. When you can do a standard swing migration it is madness to do it for something as simple as the server name.

                Any particular reason why you want to keep the same machine name?

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                • #9
                  Re: Rename Win2k3 member running Exch 2003

                  Well, I went thruogh and used the swing migration method to move my existing exchange 2003 (which was on a dc) to a new exch 2k3 member server. It took a bit longer than expected due to the enormous amount of public folders we have but in the end everything worked great. It wasnt worth the hassle of using the disaster recovery method as I have not used this before and didnt want to experiment on this in a live environment.

                  No apparent reason on keeping the same name. I've modified the name of my new exch server ever so slightly so its not completely different.

                  After a migration like this I have shut down the MS exchange services on my old exchange server. Would this be enough to test to be certain nothing is going through my old server or would you or anyone recommend turning off the machine completely. I do have a 3rd DC in my domain (a replacement of my 2nd dc) so i'm not concerened about that.

                  thanks
                  Jamie

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                  • #10
                    Re: Rename Win2k3 member running Exch 2003

                    As you have Exchange installed on a domain controller your only option is to remove Exchange correctly using Add/Remove programs. When a member of the Exchange org is on a domain controller that is the only domain controller that is used.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Rename Win2k3 member running Exch 2003

                      Ok - but just to be a bit more cautious before uninstalling exchange, would shutting off the old exch/dc server be ok just to see if everything still runs ok?

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                      • #12
                        Re: Rename Win2k3 member running Exch 2003

                        Perhaps I didn't make it clear.
                        When Exchange is installed on a domain controller - that is the ONLY domain controller that is used by the Exchange org. Therefore if you shutdown the Domain Controller with Exchange installed on it then the other servers will stop working shortly afterwards.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Rename Win2k3 member running Exch 2003

                          Ok well i did shut off the box and my other servers were ok. i do have a primary dc and another dc running ... mail flow was fine, but i did notice a few people were having a problem accessing a couple of public folders. (outlook would hang)
                          i did verify that all pf were moved over. the offline address book, schedule+freebusy were moved over. the onlky item i could not find was organizational forms or was org forms in ms exch 2000?

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                          • #14
                            Re: Rename Win2k3 member running Exch 2003

                            A temporary shutdown will be fine for a few minutes, but things will start to stop quite quickly as cached information expires.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Rename Win2k3 member running Exch 2003

                              I left the box turned off from last night and all seems to be good . .Today i'll uninstall exch 2003 and demote the dc.

                              thanks for your input on this .. .

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