I often need to rename a machine running SharePoint. I was afraid this would be terribly difficult because there are several places in SharePoint that the machine name is stored, but it was actually pretty easy.

Here is a good article which worked for me: rename SharePoint server

  1. Rename the SharePoint server using the STSADM command. (-o renameserver)
  2. Add alternate access mapping for central admin to the new name
  3. rename the machine to match
  4. reboot
  5. If you get a “Some or all identity references could not be translated. when navigating to Central Admin”, run this command: stsadm.exe -o updatefarmcredentials -userlogin <login> –password <pass> . detailed instructions.
  6. Post-configuration: alternate access mapping changes, User ID changes, etc.