Rename SQL Server instance name (not server name) - by Joseph Sack

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  Won't Fix<br /><br />
		Due to several factors the product team decided to focus its efforts on other items.<br /><br />
		A more detailed explanation for the resolution of this particular item may have been provided in the comments section.

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ID 341638 Comments
Status Closed Workarounds
Type Suggestion Repros 0
Opened 5/2/2008 6:45:09 AM
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My customer would like the ability to rename the SQL Server instance name.  Note that this is not in reference to the virtual server name - which can be renamed per (  The customer has a large enterprise environment where sometimes the instance names must be changed based on naming convention modifications, and having this ability would be very helpful to them.
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Posted by Microsoft on 5/28/2009 at 5:32 PM

We won't do this in the near future. I put this in our high-level plans for future release planning. Since by itself this is not an actionable item (it requires a large improvement implementation), we will track the improvement separately. This is a valid request that we are already aware and tracking.

Max Verun
SQL Server
Posted by Microsoft on 5/2/2008 at 12:58 PM
We have taken initial steps for enabling instance rename in SQL 2008 but finishing this is out of scope for this release. We will look at this again for our next major release.

Dan Bien