Red Hat - Permanent Hostname Change

RedHat based system use the file /etc/sysconfig/network to read the saved hostname at system boot. This is set using the init script /etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit

/etc/sysconfig/network
NETWORKING=yes
HOSTNAME=”plain.domainname.com”
GATEWAY=”192.168.0.1″
GATEWAYDEV=”eth0″
FORWARD_IPV4=”yes”

So in order to preserve your change on system reboot edit this file and enter the appropriate name using the HOSTNAME variable.