I have an Microsoft SharePoint / Project 2007 environment set up on two VM servers:

  • APP01 Windows Server 2008 R2 / IIS 7 / SharePoint Server2007 SP3 / Project 2007 SP3
  • DB01 Windows Server 2008 R2 / SQL Server 2008 R2

I have SharePoint Central Admin / Project Server / PWA already set up and configured. We had the server name changed from APP01 to APP02, and are experiencing the following behavior

  • I can ping APP02, but can no longer ping APP01
  • If I navigate to //APP02/PWA/default.aspx I receive the following error:

An unexpected error has occurred. Troubleshoot issues with Windows SharePoint Services.

However, if I navigate to //APP01/PWA/default.aspx, PWA loads properly.

Why is //app02/PWA/default.aspx not loading PWA, but the old URL is?

  • What is your question? – Andrew Schulman Jan 3 '14 at 20:24
  • The question is: Why is //app02/PWA/default.aspx not loading PWA, but the old URL is? – user3158523 Jan 3 '14 at 20:35

Renaming a SharePoint 2007 server is not supported by the platform. You just can't do this.

Note that while there are directions how “safely” rename a SharePoint 2007 server around on the internet, this just usually causes a lot more pain than gain and frequently doesn't work at all at the end of the day.

The only officially supported and safe (=working) way to “change” the name of a SharePoint 2007 server is:

  1. a fresh install on another machine,
  2. extending the farm to this new server,
  3. removing the old server from the farm and
  4. decomissioning the old machine.

That's the way the cookie crumbles.

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