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Exchange 2003 adsiedit.msc connections container

Hi, I have had to remove two exchange servers from my organisation using adsiedit.msc.  As per the microsoft kb I was instructed to remove the CN=<Server Name> from the servers container in ad (using adsiedit).  I have however gone to the CN=Connections container and found connections with the old (dead) server names in them like CN=SMTP(<SERVERNAME>-GUID) mailGateway.  Can I safely remove these objects and are there any other references to these objects that need removing?  Thanks.
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AlistairDyer
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amaheshwariCommented:
You can staraight away remove dead server entry through adsiedit.
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rakeshmiglaniCommented:
you need to first check via the ESM whether you have any connectors present which has the old servers defined as the bridgehead servers or for any other configuration.
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amaheshwariCommented:
Hi,

open adsiedit.msc

expand configuration container
expand services
expand microsoft exchange
expand your exchange ORG
Expand administrative groups
expand your administrative group
expand servers
over here you would see your servers listed
delete the one that is not required

TAKE SYSTEM STATE BACKUP BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES VIA ADSIEIDT.MSC
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AlistairDyerAuthor Commented:
so i can safely remove the entries from the connectors container?  Just out of interest why dont MS advise you to do this when you remove the server object from the servers container?
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rakeshmiglaniCommented:
i think the article is posted in the asumption that you don''t have any stale connectors just a dead server which was not removed per the MS standards
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amaheshwariCommented:
There is one article that MS has posted for this .You can check last portion of this article :

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;833396


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LeeDerbyshireCommented:
I deleted a similar AD Connectors object last week, and have not seen any problems.  I found two entries for each live server, and one for an old server, which I removed in ADSIEdit.
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