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Microsoft SQL Server: Setup and Administration FAQ

Recovery

ReEstablish SQL Server after Physical Server Name Change by JayKusch
Posted: 5 Nov 03

If you have, or need to change the physical name of a server after SQL Server has been installed, here are the steps to re-establish SQL Server on the newly named server.

1. Put the SQL CD in the drive and run setup program ... (this does NOT re-install SQL Server ) so don't worry. It will ask if you wish to upgrade - Answer YES. It will then simply fix the registry entries for SQL Server.

2. using QA execute the following ...

  exec master..sp_dropserver 'OldServerName'
  go
  exec master..sp_addserver 'NewServerName', local
  go

3. Stop and Re-Start the MSSQL Services and you will be good to go...


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