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Renaming your Exchange server

I have a Win2000 server with Exchange 2000 installed. We're moving to a new Win2003 server with Exchange 2003. Once mailboxes are moved, can the new server be renamed? I know a Win 2003 Domain Controller can now be renamed, but I'm unsure about the Exchange renaming.
It is not possible to rename an Exchange 2003 server. Even if it becomes possible to do this in a service pack, be wary. However, you should be able to name your new server whatever you would like. The recommended approach would be to add your new Windows 2003 server, install Exchange 2003 into the existing Exchange Organization and Administrative Group, and then use the Move Mailbox feature to migrate the data. Before you decommission the old server, you need to do a few things that are documented in some famous Microsoft Knowledge Base articles about removing the "First Server" in the Routing Group or Site. http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;822931∏=exch2003
This was first published in February 2004

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