I would like to shut down an exchange server and remove it from active directory

We have an exchange server 2003 that I need to shutdown and remove from Active Directory. We have went to an exchange hosting company for our email so this server is no longer needed.  I would like to know how to remove it from active directory then I can shut the server down.

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Hedley PhillipsOwnerCommented:
Have a read through this article.

How to manually remove an Exchange 2000 installation


How to completely remove a Exchange server or the entire Exchange organization


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Antonio VargasMicrosoft Senior Cloud ConsultantCommented:
The best way to do it is to uninstall the exchange.
first, you you dont need them anymore, remove all mailboxes and public folders, then uninstall exchange. That should remove the exchange entries from active directory. it is very important for you to clean and uninstall the exchange still connected to the domain in order to no traces of exchange remain in the ad.

hope it helps
microsymplexAuthor Commented:
Can you tell me how to remove all mailboxes and public folders?
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Hedley PhillipsOwnerCommented:
What are you wanting to do with the mailboxes and PF's?

If they are no longer required then just go through the link.

If you need to transfer the emails and PF's to the hosting company then you will need to find out how they want the information.
Antonio VargasMicrosoft Senior Cloud ConsultantCommented:
to tranfer it to the hosting you can pass it to pst and import on their side. or use some export/import tool. ask them how do they want it. if they dont want it do as the comment above says.. remove exchange..
microsymplexAuthor Commented:
ok, now they are telling me they want to keep the exchange server intact but not connected to the network... Is this really possible?
Antonio VargasMicrosoft Senior Cloud ConsultantCommented:
it's possible..  if they want the box out of the network just stop and disable the exchange services.
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