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Removing Front-End server running Windows Server 2003 and Exchange 2003

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I had a Server 1 running Windows Server 2003 and Exchange 2003 and everything worked great.
I have added a second server "Server 2" which is running Exchange 2003 on Windows Server 2003.

Each Server has it's own information store and public folders store stored on it's own hard drive.
I moved the mailboxes from Server 1 to Server 2
I have changed my firewall to point to Server 2 so I know that the Outlook Web Acccess works.
I have created several accounts and each have had Exchange accounts automatically created on Server 2.

Here is what I want to do.
I want to uninstall Exchange 2003 from Server 1 to relieve some of the strain it's under and insure that everything on Server 2 remains intact.

I'm rather anal so I would appreciate rather detailed directions and for that I have placed 500 points on this - not to mention it's hugely important to me that this goes smoothly.  Please let me know if you need more information.  


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Question by:hazenweber
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by:hazenweber
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I should add that Server 1 is setup as a front end server hiding behind our firewall.
The mailboxes that do exist on Server 1 the front end server are
-SMTP
-System Attendant
-System Mailbox
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by:hazenweber
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I also should add that the public folders are replicated automatically.
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by:Sembee
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If the server is a frontend then you do not have to do anything other than use add/remove programs to remove Exchange.

However if it was the first server then you should ensure that you follow the process in this KB article, just in case: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=822931

Simon.
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by:hazenweber
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So I've followed the steps detailed above.  I've gotten my SMTP protocol and POP protocols working on the new server setup.  Does that mean I can simply uninstall Exchange 2003 from the first server?
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If you have removed everything that needs to be removed, then use add/remove programs. If you have forgotten something it will not let you uninstall Exchange.

Simon.
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