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Rename Server

I have heard that it is possible to rename the Unity Server (3.1), however, would it be easier just to rebuild the box? If it is possible, is there a support document out there with all of the steps required?


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Re: Rename Server

Well, changing the server name out from under Unity is not supported and would require a few hoops be jumped through - You could try doing a DiRT backup, changing the server name, fixing the SQL server name references and then doing a DiRT restore with the "/dirtyrestore" flag which should rip through and update the registry and database references to the old server name - this SHOULD work but isn't supported so be aware... the only supported mechanism is rebuilding the box from scratch, installing Unity again and THEN running the DiRT restore - I added the "/dirtyrestore" command line option in there as an attempt to be able to skip the new install on scenarios just like this but QA hasn't tested it and TAC doesn't support it.

here's another thread on the same topic from a week or so ago:

For details on the "classic" DiRT backup, rebuilt and restore process, you can check out the DiRT home page here:


Re: Rename Server

Adding that what Jeff said; the server name can't be changed at all if the machine is a Domain Controller or if Exchange is installed on box.


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