Have to completely remove remote child domains exchange 2003 server completely

Posted on 2010-01-08
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I have a branch office which is a child domain but has an exchange server on it which synchronizes with my home office exchange server.  What is the procedure for completely taking that exchange server completely offline permanently?  The stores and users can also be stripped as that office is closing down.  I just want to ensure the background mechanisms do not have any problems after it is taken down and that the old server is no longer seen by anything.  Thanks
Question by:chitchcock
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    The best way is to uninstall exchange using the setup media you used to install it with.

    1) Make sure you have moved or deleted all the mailboxes on this server
    2) Make sure it has no public folders. when you go to the "public folder instances" inside the public folder databse on this server it should be empty. you can move all the instances to another exchange server if you have SP2 by just right-click move public folders
    3) make sure the server is no longer in any routing group connector
    4) use the media to uninstall

    this is a good read but go thru it carefully

    and here is a guide on how to remove exchange manually in case you are having problems with the above


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    very good info.  Thanks a lot.

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