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Rename a network connection

Updated: October 14, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 7

You can use this procedure to rename a network connection. Windows provides a default name for automatically discovered and connected networks. For network connections that you create, you specify the name when you first create them. In either case, you might want to rename a connection at some time.

Any user account can be used to complete this procedure. Review the details in "Additional considerations" in this topic.

  1. Open the Network Connections folder and view available connections.

  2. Right-click the connection you want to rename, and then click Rename.

  3. Type a new name for the connection, and then press ENTER.

  • Standard users can rename connections that they create. To rename a connection created by another user, or a connection created automatically by Windows, you must be a member of the Administrators or Network Configuration Operators groups.

  • A connection name cannot contain tabs or any of the following characters:

    \ / : * ? < > |

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