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Remove old Exchange Servers from Server list in 1st Admin group?

Posted on 2007-11-14
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Hi,

I have a number of old Exchange Servers listed under Servers in the First Admin Group and would like to remove them. The problem is these servers were removed from the network before I was able to delete them correclty.

Is their a way to remove the Server entries?

Cheers
Matt
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by:Sembee
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If this is Exchange 2003 then simply right click on each server, wait, and then choose Delete. If you get an error about the server having mailboxes located on it then you will need to find the accounts that are still pointing at the old server (they will probably be accounts that were not used) and remove their mail attributes. If you need assistance with finding those accounts, I have a technique at the end of my migration article: http://www.amset.info/exchange/migration.asp

Simon.
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by:SerenICT
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Hi Simon,

Thanks for the info, I think my problem falls under your comment..

"Never just shutdown the old server and wipe the machine. Active Directory and the Exchange environment will still think the server exists and this could cause problems later on. "

The old exchange severs were formatted some months ago, any ideas what sort of problems can occur and if theirs any way I can still remove those servers from the list?
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You can remove the servers in the way that I have outlined above. The comment in my guide is aimed at people who haven't already wiped the machine.

Simon.
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by:SerenICT
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That's odd, i'm using Exchange 2k3 but don;t see the 'delete' option as outlined. I can only see an option to 'Remove Server'.

i.e. All Tasks > Remove server
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Is all tasks the only option available to you? That may well work, but I would expect to see Delete. If you right click on a live server you should see the full menu.

Simon.
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I don;t see a 'delete' option on any of the 3 live exchange servers?
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Are those servers fully up to date? Do you have full permissions in the Exchange org? I have just checked on an Exchange 2003 server and when I right click on a server I get a full list of options, not just All Tasks, one of which is Delete. Cut, Copy, Delete, Refresh. Right at the top Start Mailbox Management Process etc

Simon.
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Thanks Simon for your time!
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