Not logged in - Login

Rename instance of SQL Server

Use the following to identify the name of the SQL Server

select @@servername

To change the name of the SQL Server instance:

sp_dropserver 'OldSqlName'

sp_addserver 'NewSqlName', local

Be sure to RESTART the SQL Server service.
Easiest way is to right-click on the server in the Object Explorer in SQL Management Studio and select 'restart' from the pop-up menu.