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Completely remove Microsoft Exchange 2003 servers from domain

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I moved our company to a hosted email service a year ago and still have my exchange servers up and running on my 2003 domain.  I would like to remove exchange from Active Directory so I can utilize the servers for something else.

I read about a switch that comes with the Exchange setup called /removeorg.  When I ran that switch and start the process, the setup program warned me it was about to remove the whole domain organization.   I stopped the process because this appeared that it was going to remove all my users and groups, etc., within the organization.

Should I just remove exchange from each server starting with the FE server and then use the instructions to remove the first Exhange server in a domain to achieve my goal?'

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.



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You must also remove Exchange from your servers before you run the removeorg  option. If you try to remove Exchange from the servers after you run the option, the removal process fails.
See http://support.microsoft.com/kb/830185

How to Uninstall Exchange Server 2003:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb125110%28EXCHG.65%29.aspx
It covers most of the problems too.
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