Rename Server Name in Windows Server 2008

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Right after installing brand new Windows Server 2008, the very first thing you should do is rename the server name. When you install the Server for the first time, the server name is automatically generated and is not very easy to remember. So in this article, I will show steps to rename server name in Windows Server 2008.

A computer name can contain up to 15 characters in length and includes alphanumeric characters. The standard computer name can contain letters (a-z, A-Z), digits (0-9) and hyphens (-). In a network, computer names must be unique. Best practice is to have common naming convention for all hosts in your network.

Rename Server Name in Windows Server 2008

Log on to your new Windows Server 2008. Open Server Manager.

Rename Server Name in Windows Server 2008

As you can see above, the default computer name is WIN-R6BDNNUIMR3 which isn’t very user friendly. So to rename the server name click Change System Properties option. This will open System Properties. You can also open System Properties by opening the properties of Computer from desktop and clicking Advanced system settings option.

Rename Server Name in Windows Server 2008

Select Computer Name tab. Click Change.

Rename Server Name in Windows Server 2008

Now, rename the computer name and click OK.

Rename Server Name in Windows Server 2008

Click OK to restart the computer to make changes. After the server reboots, you can see the server has now changed.

Rename Server Name in Windows Server 2008

In this way you can rename name of the server in Windows Server 2008.

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