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Removing Exchange 2007

I am attempting to remove Exchange 2007 from a server in my enterprise.   It was going to be the second server in my Exchange org so currently there are no private or public databases on this server.   When I attempt from add/remove I get this error:

    Setup cannot use domain controller "domaincontroller" because an override
 is set in the registry. Run Setup again, and specify '/DomainController:'.

I have run this again, from a command prompt, and specified each DC in my enterprise but same results.

Does anyone have any idea about this?
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mass2612Commented:
Hi,

I'm wondering if you have install the SP1 beta for Exchange 2007 on this box? If so then you may need to re-install the RTM version before you can un-install Exchange 2007.

http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/e/6/5e672458-592a-44a2-b489-11cec19d3c82/RelNotes.htm
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drichard16Author Commented:
We currently do not have SP1 beta installed.  Are you stating that by installing SP1 beta that I will be able to uninstall Exchange?
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SembeeCommented:
Do not install SP1 beta. That is not the fix for the problem.
When you installed Exchange 2007 did you have to use a specific domain controller because you still have Windows 2000 DCs? If so then you will have to remove Exchange 2007 using the command line.

Simon.

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drichard16Author Commented:
We did not have 2000 DC's on our network at the time.    I perfomed the install of E2K7 with the defaults.    I tried removing it via command line with this syntax:

setup.com /mode:uninstall /domaincontroller:ourdomaincontroller

We have 1 domain with 5 DC's and I tried the above command line with each one of our DC's.

We are considering formatting this remote machine and starting over.   What will I need to do to AD to clean up the mess if we are forced to this route.    This machine is also a file and print server requiring a lot of work to move everything.
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SembeeCommented:
There are no manual removal instructions for Exchange 2007 at this time. The only instructions are to use the correct tools to remove Exchange 2007. I haven't tried to brute force a server out of the domain yet.

There is a Microsoft article on how Exchange work with directory lookup. You may want to review that to see if you can find which domain controller the override is pointing to.

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=250570

Simon.

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drichard16Author Commented:
I have looked at the MS article before but it refers to E2K and E2K3.   The registry key that it references does not exist in E2K7.

I am going to give you the points because you advised me not to install SP1 beta....good timing because I was about to.
I am preparing to move everything off this server and then format.   I will then attempt to clean up the metadatabase in W2K.
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SembeeCommented:
I hadn't checked the registry entry, but that was a link supplied by Microsoft elsewhere on their site for that error.

Simon.

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