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I am new to Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, my past experience is with W2k3. This question is about changing our development environment from a pair of clustered W2k3 Ent. servers over to a new single W2k8 Ent. server.

On our W2k3 environment, we have a variety of network names served up as Network Name resources from within Cluster Administrator. Worked like a champ.

In W2k8 Ent., is there a way to serve up multiple network names without having to set up a cluster environment? (gut feeling wonders if it's just a case of serving up names in DNS)

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Depends on what you need : pure DNS alias or a SMB (CIFS) alias.

If you need a CIFS alias the netdom.exe command will work wonder.

netdom computername /add:mynewalias

netdom computername /enum

The /setprimary and /remove switches are useful when renaming.

It will register a DNS alias AND a SMB alias. Reboot may be required for everything to work smoothly (maybe useless since 2k8)

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The most simple way would be to add CNAME records in DNS

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Keep it simple. – voodooo Dec 14 '10 at 19:08
This isn't enough to serve CIFS / SMB on multiple names, though. – Evan Anderson Dec 14 '10 at 22:59

If you're just talking about serving the CIFS file and print sharing protocol with various "alias" names have a look at How to Configure Windows Machine to Allow File Sharing with DNS Alias.

For other protocols it may be a matter of creating a CNAME record in DNS or, if the protocol is "name aware" (like, say, HTTP with host headers) you may need to do some protocol level configuration.

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