Changing the Windows computer name in Server 2012

Changing the Windows computer name in Server 2012






Article Summary: This article provides information on how to change the Windows computer name in Windows Server Core using Sconfig and Windows PowerShell



Solution:

Use the following steps to change the computer name using Server Configuration on a workgroup or standalone server running Windows Server Core.

1. Type Sconfig and press Enter in the Command Prompt window to open Server Configuration.

2. Type 2 and press Enter to continue. Type the new computer name and press Enter to change the computer name.



3. Click Yes to restart the computer on Restart.




Use the following steps to change the computer name using Server Configuration on a domain joined server running Windows Server Core.

1. Type Sconfig and press Enter in the Command Prompt window to open Server Configuration.

2. Type 2 and press Enter to continue. Type the new computer name and press Enter to change the computer name.



3. Type the domain Administrator password and press Enter to continue.



4. Click Yes to restart the computer on Restart.



Use the following steps to change the computer name using Windows PowerShell on a workgroup or standalone server running Windows Server Core.

1. Type Start PowerShell and press Enter in the Command Prompt window to start Windows PowerShell.

2. Type Rename-Computer -NewName CN1 -LocalCredential WS\Administrator -PassThru and press Enter to change the computer name. Replace CN1 with the name of the computer and WS with the current name of the computer.

3. Type the local Administrator password and click OK to complete the change.



4. Type shutdown -r -t 0 to reboot the server.

Use the following steps to change the computer name using Windows PowerShell on a domain joined server running Windows Server Core.

1. Type Start PowerShell and press Enter in the Command Prompt window to start Windows PowerShell.

2. Type Rename-Computer -NewName CN1 -DomainCredential vdomain\Administrator -PassThru and press Enter to change the computer name. Replace CN1 with the name of the computer and vdomain with the domain name.

3. Type the domain Administrator password and click OK to complete the change.



4. Type shutdown -r -t 0 to reboot the server.

Additional Information:

This information applies to Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

Additional information about the Windows PowerShell command -NewName can be found on TechNet.



Article ID: HOW10252

Last Date Modified: 09/14/2019 12:25 AM


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