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Remove unused server

How do I remove a server from the ESM that isn't being used?  Whenever I try to connect to my exchange server using outlook 2007 it defaults to the old installation.  Whenever I try to right click the old installation (Exchange1) and select 'remove this server' I get the following error:

1:  You cannot uninstall this server as there is at least one postmaster account currently homed on this server.  Please move this account to another server before attempting to uninstall.
2:  One or more users currently use a mailbox store on this server.  The users must be moved to a mailbox store on a different server or be mail disable before uninstalling this server.

I am currently using POP3 and IMAP on the current version (Exchange) but want to switch to exchange.  Can anybody help?
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8/22/2022 - Mon

You must uninstall the old server. Start the Exchange installation program on it and uninstall. That is the correct way of doing this.

Before removing, you must verify that there are no mailboxes homed on that server, and that you have replicated, if necessary, and public folders to your other server.

The server crashed a while back.  I reinstalled Server and Exchange but the first exchange (exchange1) was still in the ESM after the reinstall.  I just need outlook clients that connect (via IP, computername, etc) to get the new server, not default to the old.  


I have gone thru every account in my active directory (not fun).  I don't see any instance of any mailbox homed to the old installation.  Is there another way to see if any mailboxes are homed to it?

Sorry guys, kindof a newb in this area.
Your help has saved me hundreds of hours of internet surfing.

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Old server removed.  There was one system account that I missed.  I appreciate the help.