A customer using an evaluation version of Exchange 2003 in a production environment tried installing a new final server on the network with the same name and ip as the evaluation server to bypass the problem created by an expired evaluation.
After "forcing" the installation a bit, now none of the servers work (as I would expect). I guess they messed up the organization at the AD level, since there might be conflicting references to two exchange servers with the same name and IP.
I used adsiedit to remove any references that are explicit to the second server (they tried making it work by giving it a different name), but at this moment the first server doesn't log on when it has network connection, it hangs at "applying computer settings". If we disconnect the cable it, logs on, but we are never able to get any exchange services running (even after reconnecting the cable).
I suspect what I need is to correct the AD info regarding exchange to reference only to the first server, and also, to change the current implementation from an evaluation, to a definitive version (they have a legal key now).
How should I proceed? Thanks. Should I try to change any conflicting references in AD regarding SID and GUIDs to the exchange server?