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Old 16-10-2003, 09:55   #1
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HOW TO: Change your hostname

Hi everyone,

This is the way I change my Red Hat Linux servers hostname.

As always, I am not responsible for any damages caused. Use this little guide at your own risk!!!

Step 1: Gain root access via SSH to your server.

Step 2: Change the variable of HOSTNAME in the file /etc/sysconfig/network using one of your editor program of your choice such as vi or pico. I will use newname.example.com as an example.
Do not change the NETWORKING and GATEWAY variables. You just change the HOSTNAME variable to your preferred new hostname.

Step 3: Editing/Adding hostname in file /etc/hosts. The following is an example:
# Do not remove the following line, or various programs
# that require network functionality will fail.       localhost.localdomain   localhost
XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX   newname.example.com       newname
where XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX is your main server IP address or you use the IP address to register your newname.example.com at your example.com domain registrar.

Step 4: Restarting syslog.
/etc/init.d/syslog restart
Step 5: Update your MTA if necessary as for me I am using qmail for most of my managed servers, so got to update those files in qmail and restart qmail.

Hope this helps ;)
Giam Teck Choon
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