The exchange server is in inconsistent state. Only server recovery mode is available

Posted on 2009-02-13
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I have new domain controller and I prepared my other server for my first exchange 2007 installation. I have installed the .net, power shell, WWW, etc., all the requirements for exchange. When hit install exchange and then next, gives me the error "The exchange server is in inconsistent state. Only server recovery mode is available". Please help!
Question by:jlundock
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    That article is for DC=2003, we have 2008.  Tried to remove the machine account from group Exchange Servers, howeve; I still receive the same message.
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    Sorry.. didnt know since no info was given..

    Any reason you dont want to
    Remove the server from the domain
    Rename the server
    Join the server to the domain
    Try install again

    The recover server is for the specified computer account so if a new one is created then problem should go away
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    The error basically means that the domain thinks there was already an Exchange server with that name in the domain. Did you have another Exchange server in the past on a server with the same name? Has someone attempted to install Exchange in the past?

    Basically there are dregs of an Exchange install in the domain. They will have to be removed. I think even if you use a different server name you will have problems because of what was already there.

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    I had same issue and fixed it by doing this :
    Go to the  Domain Controller and ran ADSIEDIT.MSC.  

    Under Configuration --> CN=Configuration -->CN=Services  

    You should see CN=Microsoft Exchange.  All I did was remove this entire entry and everything underneath it.  The install works fine now.
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    Do not waste your time, follow this link, it needs to remove an object using ADSI editor:

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