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Removing First Exchange server from Domain BIG PROBLEM

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A while ago we upgraded hardware and went to exchange 2003 Enterprise adn now I have to remove the server now.  We had both servers running together and replicated all public folders, moved all mailboxes and have been running fine.  I went thru all the REHOMING KB articles and they appear correct.  When I go and try to remove exchange from teh old server I get teh following error message.

The component "Microsoft Exchange Messagin and Collaboration Service" cannot be assigned the action remove becuase: One or more users currently use a mailbox store on this server. These users must be moved to a mailbox store on a different server or be mail disables before uninstalling this server.

The only users that show up in that server's mailbox store are:
System Attendant

When you try to delete you are told you can't, if you try to move you are told you can't and if you try an exchange task on just one mailbox no tasks are listed.

I searched everywhere and found someone with a similar issue adn went thru these steps using LDP.EXE

To resolve this issue:

   1. Start Ldp.exe. This tool is included with the Windows 2000 Support Tools package.
   2. Click Connection, and then click Connect.
   3. Enter the name of a domain controller, and then click OK.

      It is recommended that you enter a domain controller in the root domain of the forest.
   4. Click Connection, and then click Bind.
   5. Enter the user name, password, and domain name of an administrative account, and then click OK.
   6. On the View menu, click Tree, make sure that the Base DN box is blank, and then click OK.
   7. In the left pane, click to expand the following object:

      Your Domain/Configuration/Services/Microsoft Exchange/Your Organization/Administrative Groups/Your Administrative Group/Servers/Your Server/InformationStore/Your Storage Group
   8. Double-click Your Mailbox Store.
   9. In the right pane, scroll to the bottom of the screen to find all the attributes for Your Mailbox Store, and then locate the homeMDBBL attribute.

      The attribute should look similar to the following:

      5> homeMDBBL: CN=Administrator,CN=Users,DC=Domain,DC=com; CN=John Doe,CN=Users,DC=Domain,DC=com; CN=SystemMailbox{1A5E0095-2AA3-4579-AB26-872B74AA19F0},CN=Microsoft Exchange System Objects,DC=Domain,DC=com; CN=SMTP (SERVERNAME-{1A5E0095-2AA3-4579-AB26-872B74AA19F0}),CN=Connections,CN=Organization,CN=Microsoft Exchange,CN=Services,CN=Configuration,DC=Domain,DC=com; CN=Microsoft System Attendant,CN=SERVERNAME,CN=Servers,CN=First Administrative Group,CN=Administrative Groups,CN=Organization,CN=Microsoft Exchange,CN=Services,CN=Configuration,DC=Domain,DC=com;
      The text "5>" that occurs before the homeMDBBL attribute name indicates that there are five mailboxes on this server. Each entry is separated with a semicolon (;). In this example, the five mailboxes are:
          * CN=Administrator,CN=Users,DC=Domain,DC=com
          * CN=John Doe,CN=Users,DC=Domain,DC=com
          * CN=SystemMailbox{1A5E0095-2AA3-4579-AB26-872B74AA19F0},CN=Microsoft Exchange System Objects,DC=Domain,DC=com
          * CN=SMTP(SERVERNAME-{1A5E0095-2AA3-4579-AB26-872B74AA19F0}),CN=Connections,CN=Organization,CN=Microsoft Exchange,CN=Services,CN=Configuration,DC=Domain,DC=com
          * CN=Microsoft System Attendant,CN=SERVERNAME,CN=Servers,CN=First Administrative Group,CN=Administrative Groups,CN=Organization,CN=Microsoft Exchange,CN=Services,CN=Configuration,DC=Domain,DC=com
  10. When you have identified which users have mailboxes on this store, you can use the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in to either move the mailboxes to a different store or delete the user's mailbox.

      Note You do not need to take any action for any entries that exist in the Microsoft Exchange System Objects or Configuration containers.

When I look to see what mailboxes are still there all I see is system mailbox.  Here is what I see in Lldp.

      1> quotaNotificationStyle: 1;
      4> homeMDBBL: CN=SystemMailbox{DB50E7A3-85D8-4DC3-A3E5-706D18F284A7},CN=Microsoft Exchange System Objects,DC=LUTZCPA,DC=com; CN=Local Host,CN=Users,DC=LUTZCPA,DC=com; CN=Microsoft System Attendant,CN=EXCHANGE,CN=Servers,CN=First Administrative Group,CN=Administrative Groups,CN=Lutz and Company,CN=Microsoft Exchange,CN=Services,CN=Configuration,DC=LUTZCPA,DC=com; CN=SMTP (EXCHANGE-{DB50E7A3-85D8-4DC3-A3E5-706D18F284A7}),CN=Connections,CN=Lutz and Company,CN=Microsoft Exchange,CN=Services,CN=Configuration,DC=LUTZCPA,DC=com;
      1> maximumObjectID: <ldp: Binary blob>;
      1> name: Mailbox Store (EXCHANGE);
      1> objectGUID: db50e7a3-85d8-4dc3-a3e5-706d18f284a7;
      1> systemFlags: 1610612736;
      1> legacyExchangeDN: /o=Lutz and Company/ou=First Administrative Group/cn=Configuration/cn=Servers/cn=EXCHANGE/cn=Microsoft Private MDB;

Can anyone help out wo I can remove this??  Any help is appreciated.  Thanks.



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