Reinstall Exchange without DC on same box..
Posted on 2010-08-29
I have a (production) server running Windows server 2008 R2 with Exchange 2010 in a "stand-alone" configuration (no clustering, no failover, no other exchange servers in the org)
Unfortunately the machine got configured also being a DC (actually an unsupported config), it woks however except in reboot/restart scenarios where all kind of timeouts arises - it seems that there are kind of circular dependencies between NETLOGON, DNS and AD.
Anyways - Main goal - I want to get rid of the DC role from this machine. (I have other DC's on the network).
FIrst attempt: Just demote the server to be a member-server... Nope: Cant when exchange is installed.
Ok, why not install another exchange let them "share" mail-boxes etc and then remove the old one and then rename the new one to the old name... Nope: Cant rename a server with exchange installed.
Guess the best way then is to install a new machine and restore exchange into that maskine. I'm using Windows Server Backup 2010 (with Exchange application support)...
Can I just add (copy) databases from another server (the old one) to a fresh exchange server... probably not, so what does it require to re-install an exchange on a new box ending up with the same name and same data... ?
What is the best way to achieve my goal here? Did I miss something?