Rename a client on an Essentials network
July 9, 2015 Leave a comment
I see this question crop up a lot, and people can get themselves tied up in knots second guessing the Essentials Dashboard. The key thing to remember is DON’T PANIC, as our dear friend Arthur Dent was often told.
Firstly, why do you want to rename your pc? Actually scratch that, you wouldn’t be here if you didn’t have a good reason. (Obviously)
Secondly, how are you planning to do this? Because, stop right now.. thank you very much. (excuse the Spice Girls reference)
For todays lesson i will be starting with a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Server, and two clients, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1
As you can see here in the Dashboard our clients are helpfully, if not unoriginally named as their respective Operating Systems.
I will start with the Windows 7 machine, hopefully you know how to reach system properties and the computer rename area.
Of course we need to reboot our Client PC for it to rename itself.
After a reboot lets go to the Dashboard. Magic! It has updated it’s new name.
Just for fun ill update the description as well, which does not require a reboot on the client, however we will perform another reboot on this pc just to refresh all of the Essentials services.
Again, Magically shortly after a reboot the Dashboard reflects the changes.
Could it be just that simple for Windows 8? Yes.
So what about the older versions of Essentials does this method work?
|Server 2012 Essentials||Yes!|
|SBS 2011 Essentials||Yes!|
As always, hope this saves you some time.