Rename the computer

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

You can use this procedure to rename the computer running Windows Server® 2008 R2 and to rename the three client computers that are running Windows Server® 2008 R2. While performing this procedure, use the following names for the computers:

Computer Role Operating System Computer Name

BranchCache content server

Windows Server 2008 R2


BranchCache client computer

Windows® 7 Enterprise or Windows® 7 Ultimate


BranchCache client computer

Windows 7 Enterprise or Windows 7 Ultimate


BranchCache client computer

Windows 7 Enterprise or Windows 7 Ultimate



Membership in Administrators, or equivalent, is the minimum required to perform these procedures.

To rename computers running Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

  1. Click Start, right-click Computer, and then click Properties. The System dialog box opens.

  2. In Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings, click Change settings. The System Properties dialog box opens.


On computers running Windows 7, before the System Properties dialog box opens, the User Account Control dialog box opens, requesting permission to continue. Click Continue to proceed.

  1. Click Change. The Computer Name/Domain Changes dialog box opens.

  2. In Computer Name, type the name for your computer based on the values provided in this topic. For example, if you are configuring your content server, type Content-01.

  3. Click OK twice, click Close, and then click Restart Now to restart the computer.