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Exchange Server 5.5 with SP3, on NT 4 SP

By tamhoi ·
I changed the an NT server name under Network Properties and the server rebooted OK. However, my Exchange services did not start. If I change the server name back to what it was, Exchange services start fine. Is there a way to change an NT servername that run Exchange and Exchange service will restart after a server name changed?

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Exchange Server 5.5 with SP3, on NT 4 SP

by dheupel In reply to Exchange Server 5.5 with ...

You need to manually change the default server name in Exchange Admin after changing the server name in Network Properties. Restart the server again and your Exchange services should start up.

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Exchange Server 5.5 with SP3, on NT 4 SP

by dheupel In reply to Exchange Server 5.5 with ...

Here is some additional info...

Note that this will only work if there is only one Microsoft Exchange Server in the Site. This information can also be found in the Microsoft Exchange Resource Kit.

Caution: When you rename a server you lose:All connector/DXA configurations on the server.


All non-recipient configurations on the server.


All profiles for users that connect to the server.
To rename the computer running Microsoft Exchange Server:
Disconnect all clients from the server.


In the Microsoft Exchange Server Administrator program, select the Server name - Advanced tab.


Under IS/DS Consistency Adjustment, select a method for adjusting inconsistencies. This step ensures that the information store is up-to-date.


From the Tools menu, choose Directory Export.


Ensure that the Assoc-NT-Account field has been exported. You use this file to restore the mailbox, distribution list, and customer recipient permissions.


Quit all Microsoft Exchange Server services.


Back up \dsadata\dir.edb.


Back up \mdbdata\priv.edb and pub.edb.


Run the Microsoft Exchange Server Setup program, and choose Remove All.


Restart your computer. and delete \exchsrvr.


In the Main program group, double-click Control Panel.


Double-click Server and then rename the server.


Restart your computer.


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Exchange Server 5.5 with SP3, on NT 4 SP

by dheupel In reply to Exchange Server 5.5 with ...

Run the Microsoft Exchange Server Setup program. Choose the same organization and site names as before.


Restart your computer.


Quit all Microsoft Exchange Server services.


Delete *.log from \dsadata and \mdbdata.


Restore \mdbdata\priv.edb and pub.edb. If offline copy, run isinteg -patch.

IMPORTANT: Do not restore the files from \dsadata.


Restart the Microsoft Exchange Server services.


Run the IS/DS Consistency Adjustment again on the private and public Information Stores. The consistency adjustment will re-create the directory without any permissions.


Import the directory file created in step 4. Be sure to select Append in the Multi-Valued Properties box.

Your server should now be running with the same mailboxes and Public Folders but it will have a new server name.

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Exchange Server 5.5 with SP3, on NT 4 SP

by tamhoi In reply to Exchange Server 5.5 with ...

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Exchange Server 5.5 with SP3, on NT 4 SP

by micahsdad In reply to Exchange Server 5.5 with ...

You either do everything that David suggested, which is a lot of work. Why change the name? Sounds to me like it isn't worth it.

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by tamhoi In reply to Exchange Server 5.5 with ...

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