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SCONFIG, short for “Server Configuration” was introduced in Server 2008. It’s a simple command line utility that helps bridge the gap between complete lack of a graphical user interface and running everything by command. As Microsoft pushes for servers with a smaller footprint and less vulnerability to GUI related attacks, SCONFIG helps facilitate tasks without knowing long precise commands. To demonstrate the ease of SCONFIG I will change the hostname of a Windows Server 2012 Core installation.

At a command prompt type “SCONFIG”. You will a blue prompt like the one below. It will show your current hostname, or Computer Name here.

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Type the corresponding number for the function you want to perform. In this case it is 2.

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Type the new name of the system and hit Enter. I am using DAN-OAK-DC03 as my server name. It will change the name and require a reboot.

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That’s all it takes. SCONFIG is a very quick and easy way to change the hostname.

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