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How to properly decommission an Exchange 2007 server

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I have a single Exchange 2007 server on a Server 2008 box.  It is my only Exchange server.  I have recently migrate all my users to BPOS and it would be much appreciated if anyone can tell me how to properly remove this Exchange 2007 server from my domain.  This server is to be reformatted for new purpose.  This server currently still have 2 mailbox and 1 public folder store on it.

Thank you.

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

Follow the above link to remove Exchange 2007.
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AshwinRaj111, thanks for your link.  I've seen this but it just doesn't seem detailed enough.  Is there anything I need to do to the stores (Private and Public) before I uninstall Exchange 2007?  Does uninstalling Exchange 2007 removes all related Exchange attributes associated to a user?  It's things like these that I'm not sure of so I can't just dive into the article.

Thanks

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All the Users in your Local AD will still be having the Exchange Attributes.
Once you decommision the Exchange Server then these attributes will be cleared off.

But before decommisioning the Exhange Attributes please do Shut Down the Exchange Server and make sure that users are still able to open their Mailboxes and Send and Recieve Emails.

This is done to make sure that the Users are completely independent on the Local Exchange Server and only use the BPOS.


You dont have to do anything with the Stores. Once the Exchange Server has been removed the *.EDB (Database) Files and the (Transaction Log ) *.Log Files would be there. You would have to delete them off and they server no further purpose.
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AshwinRaj111, thanks for your quick reply.  It clears up my questions.

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