I have 3 servers in lower level environment which needs to be renamed. Three servers are SharePoint 2013 web app server, Application Server and Workflow Manager Server. I went through some documents online to set up the road map for this procedure, but got stuck when I thought about Workflow manager server and Server Certificates and SSL Certs. Can anyone has any information on this procedure. Thank You

  • is workflow manager server is alsopart of the sharepoint farm or is it independent server?
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Apr 6, 2015 at 18:57
  • Independent Server. Apr 6, 2015 at 19:03

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for SharePoint farm, you can use the rename-spserver But if that failed then you have to rebuild the farm(due to corruption of Config DB). As per my experience with SP2010, where i renamed the whole farm(3 servers). Here what i did.

  • On Server 1, run the Config wizard and remove the server from farm. rename it and then run the wizard again and join the far.
  • Repeat the same for all 2 servers
  • Now update the AAM and bindings and new SSL.

For Workflow manager i think the best bet is rebuild the farm. that is what MSDN saying

Removing a server from a farm is essential when you need to rename a machine or to reduce a farm to a single machine.

but you have only server then i think re built it.

  • Can you send me the link where msft says that. Apr 6, 2015 at 19:39
  • updated with link.
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Apr 6, 2015 at 19:40
  • In your steps after you took server out of farm did you run Rename-SPServer Apr 6, 2015 at 19:52
  • No, I just remove the server from farm and re add it....for rename-spserver, i read many people having issue and with fear of rebuild of farm opt out.
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Apr 6, 2015 at 19:53
  • Do you recommend turning off any services in farm such as distributed cache before attempting that action. Apr 6, 2015 at 19:55

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