Disable Exchange part on SBS

Posted on 2006-03-28
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I need to permanently disable Exchange on Small Business Server 2003.

What is the proper way of doing that and is there anything I should take a special care of?
The users already have an alternate email server in place and are using Outlook to access it.

Thank you
Question by:howei
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    Accepted Solution

    You can stop the MS Exchange System Attendant.
    Then set this service to disabled.
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    Assisted Solution

    by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
    Well, that would stop the service, but it wouldn't stop Outlook from being auto-configured for Exchange when you add a new person or make other changes that require reapplying user templates.  It also leaves Exchange on the machine which is integrated into Active Directory.

    While I always hate to give these instructions because Exchange is really one of the most valuable features of SBS and it's integration into all that SBS offers is incredible.

    At any rate...

    Log into the server using the builtin Administrator account.
    Open Add/Remove Programs > Windows Small Business Server 2003
    On the Component Selection Screen change Server Tools to "Maintenance"
    Also change Client Deployment to "Maintenance" and Outlook 2003 to "remove"
    Also change Exchange Server to "remove"
    Finish out the wizard and reboot your server.

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    by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy

    Actually, I'm going to take back that recommendation.  I just found out that if you remove Exchange you will not be able to install any service packs.  Even if you have installed SBS SP1 there are times that it may need to be reinstalled (if you had to repair any other SBS service with reinstallation of that service, the SP would need to be reapplied and it won't allow the application of the Service Pack until it confirms that SP1 for Exchange has been installed -- and not having Exchange installed at all will cause it to fail)

    See... you've started down a path that I seriously recommend against.  SBS is really designed to work as a package.  If there is some strong reason to not use the package, then perhaps SBS isn't the right solution for the company.


    Author Comment

    Thank you all for the comments.

    I am just a tech guy and have to do what I was told to do whether I like it or not.

    I was told to disable Exchange part of SBS and I am looking for safe way to do so.
    Whether buying SBS to start with was a good decision is a good point but I was not involved with that.

    So, I am back where I was. I need to disable Exchange in the way that AD, updates, SQL and everything else keeps working fine.

    Please help me with that part.

    Thank you for you help.
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    by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
    Too bad that you don't think you can have any input into the situation since often these decisions are made by those that don't understand the potential of the technology they own.  I would think that is something that should be advised to whoever made this decision.

    So, the simple answer is the one Exchange_Admin provided.  It should be noted that this will disable all SharePoint alerts if you use them.  It will also kill your daily monitoring reports and health alerts.  (Which my original suggestion would have done as well).  The Windows Server 2003 SMTP service will keep running and does provide a bit of mail ability for the server, but again, you do lose the complete integration of messaging, calendaring and collaboration.


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