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How to disable Exchange on SBS 2003

We are a growing organization (approximately 10) full-time exchange users on SBS 2003 running Blackberry Professional Software.  Both are becoming a full-time occupation in terms of management and we simply do not have the time or bandwidth to dedicate ourselves to managing the server.  Besides, the BES has enough problems on its own where it requires constant tweeking and monitoring.  Too much in terms of time which from our perspective is costing significant $$$'s.  Several of us travel rather extensively so when something tends to go wrong with the mail service and/or the BES, this leaves no capable hands to resolve the issue and often those who remain in the office are left without reliable mail service. We have opted to outsource exchange and blackberry services again.  

Can anyone out there provide details as to how to disable exchange services in SBS 2003.  We still want to use the server as our Domain Contoller with Active Directory.

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Edward Gutman

8/22/2022 - Mon
Glen Knight

You can just simply disable all the services that start with Microsoft Exchange in the service snapin.

Are you planning on using ahosted service?
Edward Gutman

You could disable the exchange and blackberry services in the services control panel.  

Hi demazter.  We are indeed planning on a hosted exchange/blackberry option.  Prior to purchasing our SBS we had our services hosted but thought that keeping mail in-house would be a better solution from a cost perspective but overall we find ourselves losing time by having to manage the server.  Actually, Exchange on the SBS is rather easy to maintain but when introduced with BES it becomes more of a headache than a benefit.  

When disabling services should we wait until our mail is migrated or will a migration still pick up on the individual mailboxes of the users with exchange accounts?
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Confirmed that mail has propogated to exchange host and that blackberry services are running.

Here is what I see: please confirm the need to disable the following
Administrative Tools --> Services -->
Microsoft Exchange Event
Microsoft Exchange IMAP4 -(already disabled)
Microsoft Exchange Information Store
Microsoft Exchange Management
Microsoft Exchange MTA Stacks -(already disabled)
Microsoft Exchange POP3 -(already disabled)
Microsoft Exchange Routing Engine
Microsoft Exchange Site Replication Service -(already disabled)
Microsoft Exchange System Attendant

There are also several blackberry services running.  I assume to disable them as well.  Once blackberry services are disabled can BES be deleted?

Edward Gutman

Those are the appropriate services to disable.  

Removing BES will remove the services.  No need to explicity disable services unless you want to disable first to make sure you don't still have a dependancy on the BES.


Are there any side or alternate issues with DNS or AD that I will need to keep an eye open for?
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No none at all
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