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Remove Exchange 2007 - Clustered Mail Box Servers

Hello -

I need to remove 2 "Bad installs" of Ex CCR Clustered mail box servers. The problem that i have is that the systems that were used to create the 2 (different) clusters both crashed. They were vms.

The 2 servers (vms) that crashed were 2003 R2 VM's - the cluster was setup and 1 mailbox was moved except then shortly after that the mailbox servers crashed.

I need to know how to forceibally remove the 2 Clustered mailbox servers from the Ex 2007 Orginization?

Please Advise...

Robert
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MesthaCommented:
The only supported method to remove servers is to do a DR install. That means resetting the computer account in the domain - DO NOT DELETE THE COMPUTER ACCOUNT - then building replacement machines with the same name and adding them to the domain.
Then install Exchange 2007 using the /recoverserver switch.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb123496.aspx

Once done, you then remove Exchange correctly using add/remove programs.

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castellansolutionsAuthor Commented:
Are you serious.... O gh god... I really burned the bread on this one... just so were clear and now that i am not depressed and tired:

I need to remove 2 dead exchange clusters: (meanign 2 dead clustered servers) i am attaching a screen shot:

The servers themselves are completely gone and not bootable. (as they were vms).

I will read through the posted documentation.

Robert
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abdulzisCommented:
You could also remove it from ADSI Edit if you are sure no one is referencing them in the Org.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc411332.aspx

Then you can go ahead and delete the Virtual Computer objects.
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MesthaCommented:
If the machines were virtual machines then just build new VMs. I can build an entire test environment in less than two hours using VMs and ISOs.
While adsiedit.msc will remove the objects, it may not remove everything from the domain correctly. The only way to clear out everything is to use the recoverserver method.

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castellansolutionsAuthor Commented:
My question is this: since the directoins provided are for a single system, and since i have a cluster does it still work the same?

do i need to rebuild (As i am doing now) and then re-create the cluster then remove the cluster and then remove exchange? i have never done a 2007 Disaster Recover before and didnt really do that many exchange 2003 DRs...

Please ADvise...


Thanks,
Robert
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MesthaCommented:
I have to confess I do not know. I haven't even built an Exchange 2007 cluster, let alone do a DR on it. It is one of those things I keep meaning to have a go at, but never seem to get the time.

I would expect that the cluster needs to be established, and then the procedure to remove the cluster is followed.

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castellansolutionsAuthor Commented:
I think the same thing becuase the cluster is not listed as "exch1clust1-, Exch2clustCCRclust" its listed as ccrclust. I am trying this now and will let you know.... but i would like to point out that iactaully managed to get this to work without too much effort until i screwed it up. otherwise it was working pretty well.

Robert
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castellansolutionsAuthor Commented:
So it didnt work... here is what i did:

0. reset computer account
1. reinstalled windos 2003 x 64 then applied SP2 (Same as before)
2. ran all windows updates
3. changed computer name to exch1clust (first system).
4. joined windows domain
5. recreated the windows side of the CCR cluster

Its now saying that the cluster does not exist, (that no exchange cluster exists) no sh*t windows
i thought that setup was going to recreate (somehow) the exhange cluster.

I have attached a screen shot.

Robert


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castellansolutionsAuthor Commented:
this is my swecond screen shot from dns.... it clearly shows that a name for the exhcange ccrclust does in fact exist in dns and also there is one in ad.  I have attached both pictures.


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castellansolutionsAuthor Commented:
So here is the correct command to do a cluster recovery:

Setup.com /recoverCMS /CMSName:ccrclust /CMSIPaddress:192.168.1.161

using this document, from the microsoft partner news groups. however when i run this command i get the folloeing results:

The follwoing Server roles will be recovered
 Clustered Mailbox Server

Cannot specify installation mode since no exchange server is installed on this machine. Try installing exchange sevrer first.
Exchange server setup encountered an error.  << This part i dont get i thought i had to do the recover server install? should i do setup /disasterrecovery then try to recover the cluster?

Robert


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castellansolutionsAuthor Commented:
this is now working....Apparently i re-read the documenteation and sure enough it said to
install the passive mailbox server first.

I definitely messed this one up. but hey live and learn....



Thanks for all your help...


Robert
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