Duplicate Exchange Server names in system manager - one CNF..

I've recently upgraded our Main exchange server (MainServerName) to 2003 and reinstalled a backup exchange server (ServerName) on 2003. While I was doing this one of our DCs was offline.
Having switched on this DC, the exchange system manager is now showing 2 objects for the backup server:

ServerName[funny square]CNF:e1bf8741-e92e-424a-b6fd-f5af87f96168

Now replication isn't working and I'm getting a message about:

"the destination DC is currently waiting to synchronize partial attributes from source.. "

Any ideas how I can correct this? Exchange won't let me delete the object as it has non-standard characters.

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Just delete it, after connecting to any DC and once done, force AD replication so that this replication change is replicated to all the other DCs
do you see this "ServerName[funny square]CNF:e1bf8741-e92e-424a-b6fd-f5af87f96168" in the ESM?

If I am not wrong, the ESM displays as

MainServerName - E2k3 (Valid server)
ServerName - Backup Exchange Server (Valid server)
ServerName[funny square]CNF:e1bf8741-e92e-424a-b6fd-f5af87f96168

What is the backup server?
richkeeganAuthor Commented:
yeah, I see "ServerName[funny square]CNF:e1bf8741-e92e-424a-b6fd-f5af87f96168"
in the ESM.

The backup server is "ServerName" running exch 2003 on windows 2003. Does that make sense?
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when you expand this "ServerName[funny square]CNF:e1bf8741-e92e-424a-b6fd-f5af87f96168" in the ESM, do you see any object under it.
Are you able to see its properties via ESM

To delete this object you can open Adsiedit.msc and then expand

configuration container
Ms Exchange
Exchange ORG
Administrative groups
Your administrative group

here you would see the servers listed and can remove the server from there. (Take a system state backup before doing any changes via adsiedit.msc)
richkeeganAuthor Commented:
I can select properties and this brings up the dialog box fine BUT if I click on most of the tabs I get a:

"The network path was not found.
Facility: Win32
ID no: c0070035
Exchange System Manager"


So would you suggest deleting it via adsi? Should I do system state backups of all DCs or just the exch server: "ServerName" ?
Take a system state backup of the AD. You can do it from any DC on the network.

Before deleting the object, I would also suggest that you force AD replication between all the DCs and also run the command repadmin / showreps (this would give you more information about replication between the DCs)

You had also mentioned that replication is not working. Are you talking about AD replication or Exchange replication?
richkeeganAuthor Commented:
AD replication was not working properly. I had assumed this had something to do with the DC that was switched off during this exch upgrade/reinstallation. Hence was wanting to delete this CNF object..

However this morning when running dcdiag I noticed some invalid msdcs records which I have corrected and now it seems to be working ok (fingers crossed).

dcdiag /a and repadmin /showreps

both seem to be showing everything as successful now. So I should be good to go on deletion of this object?

yes, but don't forget the system state backup. and before you do it, one last step.

when you open adsiedit.msc try to connect to the configuration container of different DCs and check whether it is present on other DCs as well or just one of them
richkeeganAuthor Commented:
I have the systme state backup.

I have opened adsiedit.msc on the other other DCs and it's present on all of them that I have checked.

Will I need to delete this from all of them sepearately or will replication take care of this?

Thanks for all your help with this!
richkeeganAuthor Commented:
That's all done now, the object is gone and AD replicating without any errors what so ever.

Thank your very much indeed!

Just wanted to say excellent advice! :-)

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