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Change Windows Hostname
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2016

How to Change Your Windows Hostname

Change Windows Hostname
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2016

Change Windows Hostname

This article will cover how to change a Windows hostname running the following operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2016

Please note that you'll need to be logged into your server before proceeding.

Windows Server 2008 R2

First: Click on the Start icon

Second: Right-click Computer

Third: Select Properties

Fourth: The System menu will open in a new window

Fifth: Select Change settings

Sixth: This will open System Properties in a new window

Seventh: Click Change

Eighth: Enter the new computer name in the Computer name field

Ninth: Click OK

Tenth: A new dialog box will appear prompting you that the server will need to be restarted for the changes to take effect

Eleventh: Click OK

Twelfth: Click Close

Thirteenth: If you're ready to restart your server, select Restart Now

After the restart, your Windows hostname will be updated.

Windows Server 2012 R2

First: Click on the Windows icon

Second: In the new Window that opens, right-click This PC

Third: Select Properties

Fourth: The System window will appear.

Fifth: Click Change settings

Sixth: This will open System Properties in a new window

Seventh: Click Change

Eighth: Enter the new computer name in the Computer name field

Ninth: Click OK

Tenth: A new dialog box will appear prompting you that the server will need to be restarted for the changes to take effect

Eleventh: Click OK

Twelfth: Click Close

Thirteenth: If you're ready to restart your server, select Restart Now

After the restart, your Windows hostname will be updated.

Windows Server 2016

First: Click on the Windows icon

Second: Click on the gear icon to open the Settings app.

Third: Click on the System section of the Settings app

Fourth: Click on the About section in the left sidebar to bring up the system properties.

Fifth: Click the Rename PC button

Sixth: Enter a new PC name in the text box

Seventh: Click Next

Eighth: A new dialog box will appear prompting you that the server will need to be restarted for the changes to take effect

Ninth: Click Restart now

After the restart, your Windows hostname will be updated.

Written by Michael Brower  /  June 23, 2017

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