Can't Change Operations Mode Exchange 2003 - Can't find my old 5.5 Server anywhere

Posted on 2009-03-31
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I'm trying to update our Exchange 2003 Server to Native mode so we can upgrade. It blanked out which would assume our old 5.5 Server is hiding somewhere. The 5.5 Server itself has long gone. I've read through loads of posts and have tried the following,

MS 272314 - Tried to connect to Exchange Admistrator. I get the C10312c8 error when i click browse and the DS_E_COMMUNICATIONS_PROBLEM when i type the name of the server.

I have been into ADSI edit but the server isn't listed there.

I've been into ADC Tool to make sure it was removed at that point & I can't see the server here.

Any help would be great as I'm going round the houses with this one. We've got a straight forward Single Domain, single Forest with just one Exchange server.
Question by:mark_gould
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Expert Comment

ID: 24027619
Go to system Manager->Tools->Site Replication service

Do you have a connector that maps to you exchange 5.x system ??

If so delete it

Author Comment

ID: 24027678
No Just the one Connector to my Exchange 2003
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Akhater earned 500 total points
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If you don't have 5.5 you shouldn't have site replication service at all

delete the connector remove the site replication service

more info about how to do it
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Author Comment

ID: 24028517
We have only one server. When we first upgraded many moons ago we had a failure and had to rebuild another server and migrate all the users over to a second exchange 2003 server. That server then got removed. The service is the SRS is the same name as the current exchange server and not the 5.5 or the failed 2003 server. Is that correct to delete it still?
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Expert Comment

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to convert to native mode, SRS and ADC should not be present
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Expert Comment

ID: 24033415
yes you have to remove SRS and ADC just follow the steps in the article i previously sent

Author Comment

ID: 24040376
Solved. Many Thanks. Problem was that the legacy server was given the same name as the current after a server failure.
Thanks for all your help!!

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