We're upgrading the software on two servers and, in the process, also migrating from Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2012. All servers are VMWare images.
During the migration, we will have a temporary server on which to install the new O/S and software, while the old server is used for Business As Usual. After the migration and UAT, the old servers (VMWare images) will be decommissioned, and the new VMWare images will be linked to our current server.
My question: is it possible to use the same machine names for the new servers? This would make migration of the software much easier. During the migration, I'm happy to access (RDP/MSTSC) the new environment via IP address only, but we would need to be able to copy files from the old server(s) to the new one, so we would need network connectivity between the machines.
Yep, I can ask my IT department this question, but I'd like a 2nd opinion / 3rd party confirmation whether this is technically possible.