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Head backwards from Exchange to POP 3

First of all, I know all of the arguments for keeping Exchange.  To avoid that conversation, just know that we are replacing a 2003 Small Business Server with Server 2008, and do not want to also purchase exchange for it.  (There are only 5 email addresses within the company, and they dont' use most of the 'nice' things about exchange).

My question is the most efficient path to get the Exchange mailboxes still available (PST Files?) so we can go to just retreiving the POP 3 mail from the server.  After making the files available, I realize I'll have to change the MX records to my ISP's address, and the add an account on the clients to connect.

Once I get that done, how should I 'remove' Exchange server?  I have both the Server 2008 and the 2003 SMS in the same domain right now (which according to what I've read will work about a week before SBS starts complaining), so I want to make sure that I get exchange removed from the active directory or any other place it might hide.

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.  Can someone walk me through the steps/pitfalls?

Thanks!
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tntmaxCommented:
SBS will only complain if you transfer the FSMO roles to the other server. If you are replacing it completely, then follow the path that you would normally use:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/SBS_Small_Business_Server/Q_23528224.html

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Q_22689279.html
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DMTechGrooupCommented:
Use Google Apps.. gonna be much nicer than the ISP and if < 100 mailboxes and I assume so becuase you were using SBS.. it's free.. http://www.google.com/a/cpanel/domain/new

With SBS you don't want to remove exchange.. backup your mail to PST's and you can even use IMAP to put the mail on the google servers.. once that is done change exchange to no longer accept mail for your domain name.. only the .local account.. rerun the internet/mail wizard.

If you are going to continue to use outlook then just remove the exchange entry and add the POP/IMAP entry.

Be sure to enable pop/imap if you use google and tell it to archive the mail once downloaded.. this way it's a nice mail backup for each user as well.
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tntmaxCommented:
But it sounds like he wants to remove SBS entirely, correct?
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DMTechGrooupCommented:
Not sure.. I took his last statement to mean they dont want the exchange part of SBS but were still going to use there server.. If he wants to remove the server then you provided him a good course of action..
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tntmaxCommented:
Hmm, I got the "remove" impression from his second sentence about "replace" the server with the 2008.

Can this be clarified? Thanks!
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TrinitySolutionsAuthor Commented:
Sorry for being a little vague.  We want to completely remove the 2003 SBS.
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tntmaxCommented:
Then you'll want to read over the articles in the first post. Thanks for the clarification. Tigermatt has a great description in the first one.
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TrinitySolutionsAuthor Commented:
Yes, i used an article similar to that one that got me through all of the 'preping' to where now I must be in the 'grace' period.  I didn't run the transition pack (not knowing aboutit), so both of them are running as DC's now.  Everything seems to be replicating fine including startup scripts, and AD with only a small problem with redirection I think will go away after 2003 is gone.

I'm assuming that since i didn't run the transactionpack that I won't be able to demote the 2003 SBS since it will want to be a DC at alltimes, correct?  Does that mean I will have to just shut it down when I'm done with it, and pull it out of the AD?
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TrinitySolutionsAuthor Commented:
For anyone following, the answer to my question seems to be yes.  I've changed everything over, shut down the server, and pulled all the references to the DNS server out.

Watch the SBS Server though.  It is SEVEN days before it starts rebooting on you!
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tntmaxCommented:
Everything still working okay?
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TrinitySolutionsAuthor Commented:
Seems to be!  (Unless I go in tomorrow morning and there's smoke coming out under the door....

I did transfer all the FSMO roles early on, and the only problem I really had was event logs and pop up complaints (thank goodness!)
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