SharePoint 2013: How to Update the Central Admin URL Desktop Icon Link


You provision central administration web site on another server and want that server to be the primary. The new website is available however, when launched from the icon it points to the old url. 


You need to update the URL in the registry in every server in the farm.

1. Backup registry

2. Go to > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHNESOFTWAREMicrosoftShared ToolsWeb Server Extensions15.0WSS

3. Edit 'CentralAdministrationURL' to the new url


When you launch the Central Administration website, it'll be pointed to the new url.

Comments (4)
  1. John Kelley says:

    I find this to be a silly place to store this value, particularly given that on certain occasions, it’s necessary to move CA to another server.

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  3. tony says:

    Sure, it’s pointed to the new URL, but the page is not coming up.

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