• MOSS Installation is Broken After Server Name was Changed

    If you are looking to change the name of your MOSS server, there are a few articles out there that could help you understand what actions to take (see resources below).

    However, if you've already changed the name of your MOSS server (for whatever reasons) and found out, rather unfortuantely, that you can't access the Central Administration area nor any of the web applications on the MOSS installation, this article contains steps that could probably save you the nightmire and worries of reconfiguring your entire MOSS installation.

    Assumption: It's assumed that your database and MOSS run off the same server.

    1. Open a new command window and change directory to where stsadm.exe is located:

    c:\cd C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\BIN

    2. Use stsadm.exe to invoke the setconfigdb operation

    stsadm.exe -o setconfigdb -databaseserver -farmuser - farmpassword

    NOTE: farmuser and famrpassword are marked as optional in the help description for the operation but they turned out required (at least in my case). While the command is running you might get a warning similar to the one below:

    WARNING: SharePoint no longer customizes Integrated Authentication security settings. This Web application may be using Kerberos, which can require manual configuration. See for m
    re information.

    3. After the operation has completed successfully, run the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard.

    4. If the configuration action fails, simply delete the "SharePoint Central Administration v3" web application from IIS and re-run the configuration wizard; the web application will be re-created by the configuration wizard.

    I think these steps equally apply to a WSS v3 installation scenario though I'm yet to personally try them out on a WSS v3 installation.

    How to Change a Server Name Post-Deployment in MOSS
    Renaming a MOSS Server


  1. Anonymous says:

    What if MOSS and Database are running on different server repectivly?