Remove dead 5.5 exchange server

Posted on 2009-02-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
We have an Exchange 5.5 server that died today.  It was only in use for SMTP traffic for POP3.  I have already moved this service to our other exchange 2003 server.  How do I go about removing the dead 5.5 server correctly from system manager and active directory?
Question by:djhayu
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    Expert Comment

    I've not played much with Exchange 5.5, however if it is the same as other Exchange versions, it is surprisingly easy to remove it from System Manager. You simply right-click the server object in System Manager, and then choose the 'Delete' option. Since the server didn't hold any other roles, there's not much more you need to worry about.

    When right-clicking on the server object, be prepared for a long wait. The server is not physically present on the network any more and Exchange will therefore have to wait for a time out before it will allow you to proceed.


    Author Comment

    Thanks for your quick response.  I was just making sure that there was not any hidden things I need to remove, i.e. connectors, Active Directory Connector, etc.
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    Expert Comment

    The ADC will need to be removed.
    These are the instructions for removing Exchange 5.5: You may find that you can follow most of those instructions to remove the server.


    Author Comment

    I have read this, but it refers to accessing the exchange 5.5 server.  Unfortunately, the exchange 5.5 server is 100% unavailable.

    How do I verify that some of the steps have took place.

    Author Comment

    I have followed the instructions in :

    I did steps 18 -21 and the server never gets removed from System Manager.  I have waited over two hours for the server to be removed.

    I have force site replication through AD Sites and Services, forced the replication of ADC multiple times, rebooted the Exchange 2003 server, and I cannot get rid of the server.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    Accepted Solution

    I finally found out how to remove the server and connectors via ADSIEDIT.  Thanks to all who helped out

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