I've got a live Windows Server 2008 R2 server, which isn't part of a domain, and needs its machine name to change. I could rename it, but then it would ask me to restart for the name to take effect.
What I'd like to know:
Can I rename this machine, and leave it without restarting for a week or two? Will there be any negative effects if I do? This is a live production machine, which actually won't be affected by the rename, but the powers that be, need it to be named in-line with the current naming scheme.
Thing is, I might not be around when the server is restarted next (at an unknown time in the future) and I need to make sure that it gets renamed before the next restart.) So, I'm hoping I can simply rename it, and tell it not to restart when it asks me, and hope for no problems by doing it this way.