exchange server stuck on applying settings after adding to new domain

Hi all,

i removed my exchange server (member server) from a domain and rebooted, all fine. i have now added it to my new domain and reboooted and its stuck on applying computer settings, i manually rebooted after an hour of watiting and its now been about an hour and half and still applying

is it something to do with exchange looking for the old domain name?
anythign like that?

cheers
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awilderbeastAsked:
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jakethecatukCommented:
did you unistall exchange first before removing it from the old domain?

if not, that's your problem.  you can't just move an exchange server from one domain to the other without uninstalling exchange first.
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Hilal1924Commented:
Ok Here is what you should do :

1. Restart Computer in Safe Mode
2. Set aqll services to Manual which are related to Exchange.
3. Start ADSIedit and remove the Exchange server from Active Directory.
4. Uninstall and then Re-install Exchange If Required.

I am absolutely sure it will be all good after that.

Hilal
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awilderbeastAuthor Commented:
ok got as far as adsi edit

what do i do here? bo idea what to do

cheers
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Hilal1924Commented:
Hmm, First this first:

Skip the ADSI point, just do the rest. If required I will explain how to use ADSI to remove Exchange Instance.

Hilal
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awilderbeastAuthor Commented:
ok went to exhange and unistall > then when i try remove the mailbox client and hub roles i get

"some controls are not valid - please specify an exsiting server role(s) to uninstall"

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awilderbeastAuthor Commented:
my bad ignore that lol

i have to uncheck to uninstall not check haha
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Hilal1924Commented:
hmmm, Did you try to uninstall via Add/Remove programs or through Setup from the Exchange Installer?


Hilal
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Hilal1924Commented:
btw here is a step by step procedure to remove Exchange 2007 manually.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb123893(EXCHG.80).aspx

Hilal
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awilderbeastAuthor Commented:
ok it just got to removeing the mailbox role and said failed

error:
THe following error was generated when "$error.clear() get -publicfolderdatabase -server $roleFQdnorName | remove-publivfolderdatabase -removelastawllowed" was run "couldnt find the enterprise organization container""

any ideas?

would it be quicker to just blitz the server and reisntall everything?

thanks
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jakethecatukCommented:
You are going to have a whole heap of trouble getting exchange cleanly off that server as it will be looking for lots of detail that will only exist in the original domain.

you have two choices: -

1. join the server to the original domain, let exchange startup as normal (whcih it should do as it will see it's original domain) and then uninstall it.
2. trash the server completely and install the OS again.
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Hilal1924Commented:
It is cool @ Not Checking the box :)

Hilal
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Hilal1924Commented:
Personally I would prefer it removed from the organization via the procedure shown in article

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb123893(EXCHG.80).aspx

if you no longer require this server, you casn format it and run this command from powershell in another Exchange server:

remove-exchangeserver "servername"

Servername is the name of the server you just formatted :)

Hilal
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Hilal1924Commented:
"" 2. trash the server completely and install the OS again."  Even when you do this, you still need to run this command:

remove-exchangeserver "servername"

and I really do not agree with your rating.

Hilal
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jakethecatukCommented:
I've asked for the points to be split between myself and Hilal1924 as he contributed to this question as well.
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Hilal1924Commented:
Hey Thanks Jake :)
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awilderbeastAuthor Commented:
ooops sorry i didnt mean to do that, i meant to split it, jus tme working heticly to ge this sorted before 4pm

i do not have another exchange server to run that command, what shall i do?
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jakethecatukCommented:
if you don't have any other exchange servers in your old domain, I wouldn't worry about it too much.

a Mod will be in touch with you about splitting the points :)
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awilderbeastAuthor Commented:
im going to blitz it

cheers
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