removing an Exchange 2000 server from the domain or forest.

Has anyone removed an Exchange 2000 server from the domain or forest. I we had exchange servers at each site (6 remote offices had exchange server 2000), but now all the mail boxes are moved over to one server, now I want to get rid of all the other exchange server sitting out there. What is the process for removing the remote exchange servers from the network? You help would be greatly appreicated. Thanks

RS,
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SembeeCommented:
If the users cannot see everything then the content hasn't replicated yet. How long ago did you set the replication? If it is anything less than a week, then you haven't waited long enough. Replication off Exchange 2000 is very slow and there is no way of making it move any faster.

If you haven't set the replication on those folders then you need to do so. Then wait.

Don't rely on the replication status, you need to watch the item count to see if anything is being replicated across.

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SembeeCommented:
Start, Settings, Control Panel. Choose Add/Remove Programs and then select Exchange 2000. Choose the option to remove.
If there is a problem then it will prompt you. Deal with each problem until the uninstall proceeds correctly. That will do everything for you.

Ensure that you have removed all replicas of public and system folders before removing the server.
Also ensure that the Exchange server you are removing can still see the other Exchange servers so that it removes correctly.

Simon.
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rsleemAuthor Commented:
I have removed all public replicas, but how do I remove system folders?
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SembeeCommented:
You don't remove the system folders.
All you have to do is remove the replicas of the system folders. In the same way that you accessed the public folders (ESM, Folders) Right click on Folders and choose View, System Folders. Not all folders will be replicated - you may find that some are not. If you find that some folders have just the server that you want to remove in their list of replicas, then leave them alone as they are unique to that server and will go when the server is removed.

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rsleemAuthor Commented:
No it states the MS Exchange Messaging and Collaboration Services cannot be assigned the action remove because 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 disabled before uninstalling this server. Do I move these accounts to another exchange server in my domain?

RS.
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SembeeCommented:
Just move the accounts.
Exchange doesn't create mailboxes until they are required. However that can mean that you have accounts that are allocated to that server but don't appear in the list of mailboxes.

At the end of my migration guide (http://www.amset.info/exchange/migration.asp) I have a method for finding these hidden mailboxes.

Simon.
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rsleemAuthor Commented:
I am running into some problems where users are saying that they can not see information that was once in public contact lists on the public folders. We have one 2003 Exchange server, and 5 exchange 2000 servers at at different remote sites. I would like to be able to decomission att 2000 exchange servers and just have the one exchange 2003 server. I am finding that with in the public folder that users see in their outlook client, is replicating from all the other exchange servers public folder. How do I move all of those contact list and calendaring from the other 2000 Exchange servers over to the 2003 Exchange server without affecting the users or they don't lose any of the current contacts list and calendar on the public folder that they see in outlook client? Thanks,

RS.
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rsleemAuthor Commented:
Thank you simon for your help!
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