I have SP2016 installed on my Windows Server with a Database on a separate server. I moved to new servers and after that the SP failed to start.

So, I am having a new server holding SP apps on IIS, and another one holding SP databases and I want to connect between them.

I tried to use cliconfig.exe and created an Alias but also that did not work. Whenever I run the SP it keeps loading until timeout.

I think that using Alias will not work as the new server carries the same name of the old server.

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  • Have you changed the names of the servers? If you have, the configuration will be wrong since SharePoint will still have references to the old server names. Jan 13, 2023 at 10:44
  • How to do that? I believe that both old and new servers carry the same name. I am sorry but totally new to SharePoint. Jan 14, 2023 at 11:09

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Moving the SharePoint database from one server to another can be achieved with the following steps:

  1. Stop All SharePoint Services:
  2. Backup & Restore All SharePoint Databases to the new SQL Server
  3. Change the SQL Alias to Point to the new SQL Server
  4. Start All SharePoint Services

Check the details at Move all databases in SharePoint Server and Restore SharePoint database 2019

  • Actually that did not work and I want to run again the config wizard. However, it seems to be very slow in a weird way, it takes hours to start and not responding. Jan 17, 2023 at 6:28

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