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Unable to Uninstall Exchange Server Without Access to Domain Controller

Hello -

I've installed a test Exchange environment utilizing a eval 2003/Exchange 2007. I will be going live on another server as my test is done. I want to use this server for something else and uninstall exchange. Since 2003 eval has expired and it's a DC, Exchange cannot uninstall. I have tried to stop all services and uninstall, but no luck since DC is down.

I need help uninstalling exchange.
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Jaime Campos
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MesthaCommented:
You will have to trash the machine in its current state, then rebuild it with the same name and do a recoverserver installation of Exchange. Then remove it correctly using add/remove programs. Microsoft have no supplied manual removal instructions for Exchange 2007 unless you call PSS and pay their fee.

Simon.
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Jaime CamposAuthor Commented:
I have some apps on this server that I cannot lose, so when you say trash the current state do you mean clean install of server 2003. Not sure what you mean.
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MesthaCommented:
Yes, the machine has to be wiped. You need to do a full disaster recovery as if the machine has been lost.
However it isn't clear what is the eval that has timed out. Exchange 2007 eval doesn't really time out, it just nags a lot.
If this is Windows 2003 then run a live disk on it to bring it up to full version.
If you have applications on the server then those are going to have to be moved anyway.

Simon.
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Jaime CamposAuthor Commented:
The domain controller (Server 2008) is the eval that is giving me a problem. Since it's the DC, I can not remove exchange from the other server.

If I wipe out the DC box and resintall eval and run DCPromo and create the same domain and user account from the Exchange server, do you think this will work, so i can uninstall exchange.

I can not wipe Exchange server, this is not an option. I can wipe the DC (server 2008) which is giving me problems since it's a eval.
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Jaime CamposAuthor Commented:
Sorry Mestha, I think you've answered my question already. Where do I find out how to do a recoverserver installation of Exchange? Do I need to do this in order to uninstall exchange?
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MesthaCommented:
If your domain controller is dead or expired and it is your only domain controller, then as far as I can tell you only have two options.

1. Put a valid key in to the domain controller so that it works correctly.
2. Wipe both machines.

To remove Exchange, you need to have a valid domain controller. If you do not have a valid domain controller then you cannot remove Exchange in a supported manner. That means the only way to remove it completely is to wipe the machine. Microsoft have not provided manual removal instructions for Exchange 2007.

The recover server method will not work because you do not have a valid domain controller.

Exchange is dependant on AD, no AD, no Exchange.

Simon.
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Jaime CamposAuthor Commented:
Got it. I'm removing, however it's not as easy as uninstalling any other programs. You will not believe that I rebooted the DC and it asked for me to activate, so I did and it came back up. I  appreciate all your help and support.

To become an expert and assist users on this site, what do I need to do? What are the benifits of getting points other then great achivement?

Thanks,

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