I have a 3 server farm (APP + WFE + DB). Let's call those machines app1, wfe1 and db1.

I made a copy of those machines and then renamed those to app2, wfe2 and db2. Now when I try to open CA on new farm then it goes to http://app1:45358 which obviously doesn't exist.

So is there a way to rename server names and make farm work? Like some powershell command or something to replace all old names with new ones!?

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You can't copy machines. What has happened is your 'copy' of the WFE/APP servers have connected to your production SQL Server.

The best course of action is to probably disconnect all SharePoint servers (prod APP/WFE, copied APP/WFE), then reconnect only the production SharePoint servers to the Config db.

At worst, you're looking at building a new farm.

  • But I can point new farm to new SQL Server like when we move database from one server to another. But problem is in my case CA is not accessible. Aug 1, 2016 at 16:30
  • Here user Kannan mentioned that he successfully did this operation by running products configuration wizard on new farm. I am not sure if it will work or not. sharepoint.stackexchange.com/questions/45158/… Aug 1, 2016 at 16:59

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