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Exchange Server machine was failing (win2k-adv server), so on new machine, installed win2k server, exchange 2000 server, moved all mailboxes and public stores, etc.  Everything is working on the new server.  The old server is still listed as an exchange server in the site when in system manager.  The machine doesn't exist anymore....how do I remove it from the exchange site when it doesn't exist  - I get a connect error when I click on it in Exchange System Manager - if I remove the machine from Active Directory, will this do the trick, or will I end up breaking Exchange?

Thanks for any help.
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Question by:frottola
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by:mmassoud
ID: 8068541
Hi Frottolla,

What have you done with the old exchange box?  If you haven't already reused the hardware or formatted the disks you should see connect the server the domain and do the following remove the ADC between the 5.5 and 2K prior to decommissioning the 5.5. Was the 5.5 the only or last exchange server on the site?  If so then follow the steps as per Microsoft knowledge Base article Q152960.

Cheers

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by:frottola
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The old disk is already wiped - it started making very loud clicking noises and won't boot.  It also was an exchange 2000 server, not 5.5. and had been the only server on the site prior to this new one.   Any suggestions, since I can't do the decommissioning process?
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kristinaw earned 400 total points
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frot,

you can manually remove it by deleting the entry in ad sites and services, and by removing the servers entries in ad with adsi edit. it's pretty easy.

let me know if you need more info.

kris.
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by:frottola
ID: 8076809
Just ran into a problem this afternoon.  I tried to add a new user/mailbox in Active DIrectory, which was successful (or so I thought).  I was able to log in as the new user but was unable to set up the user's outlook profile at her workstation, and when I went into Exchange Systems Manager, the mailbox was not listed on the server's mailbox store, although in AD users & groups, it says it is.  Not sure how related this is to the failed server issue.  Why isn't Exchange systems manager creating the new mailbox?  I'm somewhat afraid to delete the old server name from Exchange until I'm sure everything is working. (Not sure if I should open a separate question on this issue)
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by:mmassoud
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How long ago did you create the new mailbox?  Exchange requires a little time to replicate the changes and reflect back to the AD.  I suggest you use F5 and refresh the active directory screen and also make sure you are using the AD with E2K extension, just open up the AD Users and Computers via the E2K box not the GCS or Main DC

Mike
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by:mmassoud
ID: 8077164
How long ago did you create the new mailbox?  Exchange requires a little time to replicate the changes and reflect back to the AD.  I suggest you use F5 and refresh the active directory screen and also make sure you are using the AD with E2K extension, just open up the AD Users and Computers via the E2K box not the GCS or Main DC

Mike
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by:frottola
ID: 8077229
I added the mailbox roughly 5 hours ago and have been losing my mind ever since.....  I am creating the user/mailbox in Active Directory on the same computer which is the Exchange Server.  It also happens to be the GCS and DC  (we're a small org with only one server).This is going to sound really stupid, but I installed ADC from the Exchange DIsk when I set up this new server - could this be screwing it up?  I've been researching everywhere and just can't figure out what's happening, why AD and Exchange aren't sync-ing up.
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by:mmassoud
ID: 8077279
ok.  Firstly you don't need the ADC when its on the one server.  the ADC is used for replication and continuity between 2 sites or a 5.5 and 2k exchange server.

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by:frottola
ID: 8077348
Thanks you - I will uninstall it first thing tomorrow.  

Strange thing just happened - out of sheer frustration, I emailed from an outside mailserver to the newly created user, just to see what happened in the queue, if anything.  When I sent the email, the mailbox then appeared in Exchange System Manager.  Just did this three times with three newly created users, and same thing happened.  When I create user in AD, no mailbox is seen in Exchange System Manager until email is received.  On the old server, this was not the case, the mailbox was just created. ANy idea why this is happening?
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by:mmassoud
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Let me know how you go ok
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by:frottola
ID: 8103026
Thank you both for your help.  Old exchange site is now gone using the method kristinaw suggested and mmassoud's tips helped me clear up the mailbox/replication/ADC issues.

Made the changes Friday night and everything has been running error-free all weekend.
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by:frottola
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Thank you for your help!  Just what I needed to do to solve the original problem.
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