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Changing the replication status of the System Configuration system Folder

I noticed, I can't make any changes to the system configuration system folder (to change replication etc..), it always gives me a login prompt and then displays an access denied message. I am try to uninstall the first exchange server from the AD and when looking thru all the Public folders to make sure that all replication had been removed and i came across this folder that had replictaion but I am unable to remove it all ways asks for the username and password I give it that and it asks again it does this about 4 or 5 times then says access denied. Does any one have any thoughts on this could it be that when exchange is removed that this replication link gets broken then or does it have toi be removed before the Exchange removal. I all so have this othr problem that I cant uninstall exchange useing the cd or the add remove programs as it tells me that Exchange messaging and colaboration cannot be removed because one or more of the user mailboxes are in use and needs to be moved to a new server I have looked at the mailboxes the only thing that is there is the Syamtem mailbox the smtp mailbox and the Styem attendant mailbox I have all so looked in the ADSIEdit util for hidden mailboxes and have found none this one has me stumped any one with any info please let me know so I can finished the removal of this server and get my AD 2003 under way. PS I dont want to do a manul removal as I am not sure what will happen to my Current exchange 2003 server I dont want to bring that down in anyway, and another thing to note is this exchange runs good with the 2K server shut down but I do get a error on replication in the 2K3 queue that is trying to send the system hierachy to the old server I suspect it is the problem I have with the System Config folder.
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SembeeCommented:
You can use ESM on any server to manage the replication settings. If you have found a folder that is being replicated, then use ESM on your other server to remove it.

As for the failure to uninstall, there could be a hidden mailbox or a mailbox that has been created and is homed on the new server.
At the end of my migration page is a technique for finding these hidden mailboxes. http://www.amset.info/exchange/migration.asp
Find the hidden mailbox and either move it, or remove the Exchange attributes. The uninstall should then continue correctly.

Simon.
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PatrickJmorrowAuthor Commented:
I have tried your trick worked Great however it showed 2 mailboxes one I was able to remove the attributes the other it showed that it was part of the old exchange server but I could not do anything with the attributes and this folder says it is the SYstem Mailbox. and I tried to remove the replication from the System config from another server and it fgives me the same thing a logon box pops up and requests logon 3 times then tells me I have no access any further thoughts on this I have not tried to do a remaovl of the old exchange for this reason I dont want to bugger up my current Exchange 2k3 server. I all so did the mailbox lookup on my 2K3 server and it has its own system mailbox with it own ID number so I dont think the 2 are tied together please let me know when yopu can I have to get this server offline by the end of the week.
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SembeeCommented:
System mailboxes can usually be ignored.
Have you tried to uninstall again since changing the mailbox?

Simon.
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PatrickJmorrowAuthor Commented:
No I have not as I am not able to remove the replication for the System config folder in ESM I have tried from ther server that is d=being removed as well as the W2K3 server that is staying and I cant get rid of the replication of that folder if I read your post correctly you say it is ok that this folder is replicating and that I cant change it to not replicate that is ok if this is the case please let me know and I will proceed.
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SembeeCommented:
You need to have removed all of the replication before you can remove the server - otherwise you will have a mess.
Try removing the replication from all outstanding folders, and then attempt the uninstall again.

Simon.
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PatrickJmorrowAuthor Commented:
This is the problem I can not remove the repilcation from the System Configuration system Folder it has both the E2k3 and the E2k server listed as replication servers I can not remove the old server from replication it tells me access denied after 3 loggon attempts so if you know how to work around this it would be great this folder is under the Veiw system Folders fucntion in the ESM please let me know.
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SembeeCommented:
You shouldn't need to worry about that one. If that is the only one that is not giving you access, then I would attempt an uninstall again. Not all folders are replicated.

Simon.
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PatrickJmorrowAuthor Commented:
Yes all folders are replicated and the replication has been removed from all but that folder if I shut down the server exchange still runs on all the clients and all the folders and Calenders work so I guess I will go ahead and uninstall exchange then thanks for the help I will let you know what heppens.
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PatrickJmorrowAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the quick response and yes it did work taking out the hidden mailbox I have since uninstalled the Exchange server and evry thing is working great the replication of the System config folder went away after the server was complately removed.
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