Mac local hostname

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by SRF, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. SRF macrumors newbie

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    I wonder if anyone can answer the following - just to stop me doing anything stupid.

    I've had my mac for a couple of years but have only just bought a NAS drive, and so this issue has only just started to irritate me.

    Whilst the computer name is clear, the local host name is macintosh-5.local - and it is this that the NAS is picking up and using as a reference and to create directories.

    Ideally I'd change this to something more descriptive, just so I don't get confused but I don't want to change this until I'm sure it won't have unintended consequences!

    Any thoughts on the risks or problems I may cause?

    Thanks

    Scott
     
  2. SRF thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Excuse the bump, but any thoughts at all anyone?

    Cheers
     
  3. ezramoore macrumors 6502a

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    To change the hostname of your computer.

    Open System Preferences > Sharing > Edit. Thats it.

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    You might have to reboot your NAS and other network appliances before they will acknowledge the change.
     
  4. SRF thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the response.

    I'm fine with the "how to do it" - the concern is the latter part of my original post :"but I don't want to change this until I'm sure it won't have unintended consequences!".

    Any thoughts in that regards?

    Cheers
     
  5. ezramoore macrumors 6502a

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    Of course your situation is unique, but I can't think of any undesirable consequences of changing your hostname. Once you reboot your router/nas everything should be known by the correct name.

    If you were in a large corporate environment changing the hostname of a server, perhaps, but at home I think you'll be just fine.

    I apologize for not reading the last part of your post and answering the wrong question.
     
  6. SRF thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's great - thank you very much for your help, I'll give it a try!
     
  7. Ccrew macrumors 68020

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    Only consequence is that anything that is mapping to the previous name will have to be re-mapped.
     

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