In this tutorial, we’re gonna show you how to change the hostname on RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) Server, step by step. Each node or system in the network will have a name called hostname. This name is important as it indicates the system in sending and receiving packets, and is crucial for certain services in the operating system. However, changing the name of the operating system after launching the services can cause problems for the service. Therefore, changing the name of the computer or the host in all operating systems becomes one of the most important points and basic settings.
The subject of this article is how to change the hostname on RDP. Please join us on this journey.
What is Hostname?
The hostname is a simple name assigned to network-connected devices. This name is used to identify devices in various electronic communications, such as the Internet. On the Internet, a hostname is part of a web address that consists of three parts: Subdomain, Domain name, and top-level domain (TLD) or domain extension. The host is a label assigned to a device (host) on a network. This distinguishes one device from another in a particular network or over the Internet. A hostname is also used by DNS servers, allowing you to access a website with a common name that is easy to remember. This way, you do not need to remember numbers (an IP address) to open a website. In the next section, we will explain how to change the hostname on an Admin RDP.
Changing the hostname on RDP using GUI
There are a few methods to change the hostname on an RDP using GUI.
In the first step, you should click the start menu and then click Server Manager.
Now you should click on Local Server and in the window that opens, click on your Computer Name.
After opening this window, you should click Change.
In this step, you should enter your new computer name and then click OK.
Now you must click OK again.
In the end, you should restart your server. After the server restarts, you will see that your hostname will be changed.
Change Hostname on RDP Using PowerShell
In this section, we will teach you how to change the hostname using PowerShell in RDP. The first step would be opening an elevated PowerShell. Therefore, you must use the following command:
PS C:\> Start-Process PowerShell -Verb Runas
Then you need to check the hostname using the following command:
PS C:\> $env:computername
You can specify the hostname in the following command. In this example, we change the hostname to NEURONVM. It should be noted that by using the -Restart parameter, the server will be restarted immediately.
PS C:\> Rename-Computer -NewName "NEURONVM" -Restart
Finally, you need to run the following command again to check the hostname to notice the changes:
PS C:\> $env:computername
At first, to start, enter the word name in the search field and click on view your PC name.
Then enter the Rename PC section.
Now enter your desired name and click the next option.
After entering the name and confirmation, restart the server to apply the desired changes.
In this article, you learned How to Change Hostname on RDP. Also, the importance of hostname and its definition are fully explained. We’re waiting for your insights in the comment section!