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I'm trying to uninstall an exchange 2007 server.  this server was recovered solely for the purpose of gracefully removing exchange from it.  I recovered it using the /m:recoverserver switch.  The only components that remain are the mailbox role and mgmt tools.  When trying to uninstall I get the following message
"Summary: 2 item(s). 0 succeeded, 1 failed. Elapsed time: 00:00:00
Mailbox Role - Failed Error:Setup previously failed while performing the action "DisasterRecovery".  You cannot resume setup by performing the action "Uninstall".

The ExchangeSetup Log shows the following messages.  How can I properly uninstall Exchange?  I'm truly beat down on this one.

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[10/3/2007 10:22:37 AM] [0] Setup will run the task 'Uninstall-MailboxRole'
[10/3/2007 10:22:37 AM] [1] Setup launched task 'Uninstall-MailboxRole -DomainController 'ad-DC.officead.company.net''  
[10/3/2007 10:22:37 AM] [1] Beginning processing.
[10/3/2007 10:22:37 AM] [1] Attempting Uninstall for MailboxRole.
[10/3/2007 10:22:37 AM] [1] This role will not be configured because of the following exception: Unexpected Error
[10/3/2007 10:22:38 AM] [1] [ERROR] Unexpected Error
[10/3/2007 10:22:38 AM] [1] [ERROR] Setup previously failed while performing the action "DisasterRecovery".  You cannot resume setup by performing the action "Uninstall".
[10/3/2007 10:22:38 AM] [1] Ending processing.
[10/3/2007 10:23:39 AM] [0] End of Setup
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Question by:martinichick
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When you run setup, do you have any other options other than uninstall?

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by:martinichick
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From add/remove programs I can either change or remove.  If I select change and try to add another role, just to try, it fails as well.
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Check out this posting from Paul Robichaux

http://www.robichaux.net/blog/2006/08/using_the_recoverserver_switch.php

Simon.
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that did it.  I had to remove the registry key that said recovery mode.  Thanks Sembee.
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