How to Rename your VM (Linux OS)

Your VM will be given a default computer name in a “cld-1234567890” format. If you prefer, you can rename your VM but please note that this is a lengthy process involving multiple steps.

Renaming your VM requires a three-stage process:

  1. Request Name Change
  2. Name Change Processing (done by ICT)
  3. Implement New Name


  • You will need to know your NSID and password or know how to log on using SSH protocol.
  • The final stage requires use of the Advanced Interface.

1. Request Name Change

  1. Log into the U of S Cloud Service.
    log in to vm
  2. In the list of your VMs, look for the one you wish to rename.
  3. In the Network Addresses column, click DNS Change Request for the VM you wish to change.
    list of vms
  4. A new email will open in your default mail client.
    compose email
  5. In the email, change "newNameHere" to your desired computer name.
    Note: You may add other instructions or information but please do not modify any other parts of the string.

    Note: Computer names
    • Must not exceed 15 characters.
      (If you require a longer name, you can request a CNAME (alias) to point to your new name; simply add this request to the email.)
    • Computer names can contain letters, numbers and the dash (-) symbol.
    • The dash symbol (-) cannot be the first character.
  6. Click Send and wait for a reply before continuing.

2. Name Change Processing

Name change processing is done by ICT.

  1. This manual change will take approximately 2-4 hours during normal business hours.
  2. Once the name change request has been processed, you will receive a reply from ICT. It should say “IP registration request complete.”
    See example below:
    name change processing

3. Implement New Name

  1. Log back into the U of S Cloud Service.
  2. Click Advanced Interface on the right side of your VM list, just above the grey headings bar.
    list of vms
  3. A new login screen will appear.
    Enter your NSID and password to enter the Advanced Interface.
     login to advanced interface
  4. Click the My Cloud tab on the upper left.
    my cloud
  5. Click on your vApp, then the VM. Click on the Gear icon and choose Stop from the drop-down menu. This will power down the vApp containing your VM.
    power down vm
  6. Click Yes to proceed with the shutdown.
    yes to shutdown
  7. Wait until the status is listed as Powered Off, then click on the vApp name to highlight it.
    select vm
  8. Click the VMs link on the left-hand menu.
    vm links
  9. Click on the VM to highlight it. Then click on the Gear icon to access the drop-down menu.  Choose Properties.
     vm properties
  10. Enter the new computer name in both the Virtual Machine name and Computer name fields, then click OK.
  11. Wait until the process is complete (approx. 2 minutes).
    change computer name
  12. On the left menu, click vApps, then click on your vApp to highlight it.
    Click the Green start button.
      click on vApp
    Once the VM has started (Status column will say Starting), click on the thumbnail image of the console (small screen icon) in the Consoles column. This will power on the VM.

    Note: If you have not viewed your VM console before, you may be prompted to download a web browser plugin.

  13. Once the VM has finished powering on, click inside the console and log on with either your NSID or by using the SSH protocol.verify name change
  14. Check to see if your new computer name was applied correctly.

 If the new name is incorrect or if you experience any problems during this process, email for support.

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