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Removing Old Exchange Server

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Hi

I have just inherited a Windows and Exchange environment that I need some help with.  

The current setup is:

Windows 2000 Active Directory - native mode
Exchange 2000 Ent on Windows 2000 - native mode

All pretty simple.

My predecessor had another Exchange server in the organisation for some reason (replication apparently) but did not remove it.  So now I have 2 servers listed in ESM, AD, DNS etc etc etc.  The 2nd server is no longer around (i.e. trashed and completely dead) so i cannot remove it gracefully from the orgnaisation.

Can someone advise the best way to remove the old Exchange server or point me in the right direction..  I've had a look around and found some suggestions that all i need to do is remove it using ADSIEdit but don't want to rush in and do this.

thanks
glenn
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Try the simple one first.
Right click on the dead server and choose Delete. That should remove most things.
Make sure that there is nothing being replicated to the server, so check public folders etc.

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thanks Simon, I am able to do that.  Nothing is set to replicate to the server..in fact it has been out of action since july from what i can make out.  MS Site Replication Service was enabled and the old server shows in the AD sites and services ashaving an active directory connector.  is there anything else i need to do to clear the server properly from AD?
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Deleting it from ESM should clean up most things in AD. Do the delete, then leave things alone for a good couple of hours, so that the changes replicate out. If there is something left in the domain it will soon fill up the logs on the domain controllers and/or the Exchange servers.

You could also restart the Exchange server to see whether anything is flagged.
Finally you could download the Exchange Best Practises tool from Microsoft, run that and see if it flags anything.

Simon.
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