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Trouble removing an Exchange Server from our org

Posted on 2008-06-12
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I have one Exchange 2003 Server (server itself is Win2K) that I am trying to remove from our Exchange 2003 Organization.  I have searched every way I know how to find an active mailbox and found none, and have tried removing Exchange from that server manually, but when I try to remove the server from ESM I continue to get the error that there is an active mailbox on the server.  I even used adsiedit to remove the homeMDB and homeMTA attributes from the System Attendant account on that server.  Can anyone help figure out what to try next?

Thanks in advance.
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by:rakeshmiglani
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delete the old server from adsiedit.msc if you have moved everything over to the new server.
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microsoft recommends to unistall exchange via add/remove programs

or you can remove it via ESM, but it will be dramatical, after thagt you have to check replicas, OAB, adsiedit, etc..

here you can find howto:

http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Removing-First-Exchange-2003-Server-Part1.html
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There are a number of steps to do before uninstalling.  You can find them in the "Before you Begin" section of this article:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb125110(EXCHG.65).aspx

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by:Neiphin
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Looks like you have manually deleted certain attributes either in adsiedit or AD and ended up buggering the unistall.

I would recommend that you do a reinstall (yes- reinstall) of the e2k3 server and then do a reboot. Ignore any service packs, no need to reinstall them. Once you have done that go to control panel then add/remove programs and remove it that way. I have had to do that on the odd occasion and always worked for me.

regards
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by:timeviston
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Thanks guys.  I actually used some of all the suggestions you sent to find stray mailboxes and remove the server, but I got it done.  Apreciate your help.
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