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tried to add a second 2003 exchnage server and the mail store will not mount

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I had a 2000 exchnage server, I built a temp 2003 exchnage server moved all mailboxes over all went well, I removed the server from exchnage and the domain and rebuilt it, all works 100%, I added server 2003 and enterprise 2003 exchange to the new box, the issue is it shows up but does not mount the mail store the public store mounts ok. I removed the exchange server, it still shows up under exchange manager, I rebuilt the server again and loaded exchnage under a differnt name and still same results public only mounts, but the old server still shows up. i have reinstalled, but it will not uninstall it stats the  exchange domain cannot be contacted. i have looked at adsiedit, ran netdiag /fix looked at dcdiag removed exchange componets under active directory, any help would be great thaks
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When you removed the original Exchange 2000 server, did you follow the correct procedure, including the replication of the public and system folders, the movement of all the services etc, then used Add/Remove programs to remove Exchange?

If not, then you will have a mess on your hands. Exchange cannot just be removed or the server wiped. Its close integration to active directory makes that almost impossible.

When you have remove the other installations of Exchange, did you use add/remove programs?

In the current position I would remove Exchange using add/remove programs. Then drop the machine in to a workgroup and wipe it. Reinstall Windows and the required components for Exchange using a totally different name.
In ESM, if the old server is still there, attempt to right click on it and then choose delete. It will take a while for the menu to appear while everything times out, but it will appear eventually.

Ensure that your DNS is correct - it should be pointing at internal domain controllers ONLY for DNS.

If none of that works then you could be looking at a totally wrecked Exchange installation. That may mean going to backups as you would have to remove Exchange totally from the AD domain.

Simon.
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the orginal removal of exchange 2000 was by the book exverything went very well, it was when i tried to add a new exchange server is were the crazy stuff started, my exchange fine and no roles were placed on the new one it is when you try to mount the brand new store on the new server were the issue is
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