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I recently added an new Exchange 2007 server on an existing network with Exchange 2003.  After putting it on the network I moved a few mailboxes to the 2007 box.  I ran into some problems with the 2007 server so I took it off the network and reinstalled Exchange 2003 onto it.  Now I have and Exchange Administraive Group with the old 2007 server showing up in System Manger and I need to delete it but it will not let me.  It gives me the error stating that there are still items in it.  Any ideas on how to remove this from the admin group?
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Stacy Spear earned 1500 total points
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Yeah, those mailboxes are the items. You can use ldp, adsiedt or a few other tools to access AD's configuration sections.  Drill down from configuration to services, exchange, your admin group, servers. In LDP right click delete, making sure recursive and the other box is checked. That will delete the server. It should also delete any of the mailboxes still listed in AD for it.
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So where do I get those tools and how do I use them?  I'm new to Exchange.

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LDP is on any server that has Exchange (if the proper procedure was followed to install it) or any DC. ADSIEdit is downloading from microsoft.com
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If you are new, do you have someone else on site who is familiar with AD and its tools? You will be directly editing AD, there ARE NO RECOURSES IF YOU DELETE THE WRONG THING!
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Well, I'm not totally new to it.  I will be the one responsible for fixing this issue.  I am somewhat familiar with AD and System Manager.  If you walk me through it I will be able to do it.
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Well I figured it out using adsiedit.msc and deleted the admin group.  Thanks for your help!!  You definitely pointed me in the right direction and I learned a thing or two.  Thanks.
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