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I want to rebuild my SBS 2008 box but do not have a backup of system state on the SBS2003 server.
I am ok with cleaing out AD etc but am unsure about removing Exchange 2007 from the Exchange 2003 bit before I do the DCPROMO, has anyone got any guidence on this?
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by:Glen Knight
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How far down the migration did it go? Did it actually install Exchange?

I would probably just crash the SBS2008 box and then manually remove the Exchange 2007 Administrative group using ADSIEdit.

Then run a METADATA Cleanup as per: http://www.petri.co.il/delete_failed_dcs_from_ad.htm
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by:IntegrityOffice
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TO be honest it is only the IIS that is completly screwed by a 3rd party app someone installed but I am too nervous to mess with it and get a leave term problem lying. So I though just starting over might be the best option and then came across all this crap with exchange
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Ahh well in that case just repair it :)

There is an SBS repair guide here that covers most things: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/sbs-2008-repair-guide(WS.10).aspx
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Will adsiedit remove all connectors or do I just do than it the old 2003 interface?
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by:Glen Knight
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You will need to do that in the Exchange Console (there will be 2 routing group connectors, see Step 11 of my guide here: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/Email_Servers/Exchange/A_2881-Migrate-Small-Business-Server-2003-to-Exchange-2010-and-Windows-2008-R2.html)
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by:Glen Knight
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I would seriously be looking to repair it though instead of crashnig out the migration if all the problem is IIS.
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by:IntegrityOffice
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I have been doing some reading on Exchange since your last comment, as you seem very experienced and I appreciate your help, I just would like to confirm the follwong before I proceed. Just to let you know the IIS different bits fail as the thrid party app gets installed and it stemmed from an incorrect installation of a 32 bit webserver etc. I cannot really see an appropriate fix on the links you gave me.

I turn off the new server.
Enable DHCP on the OLD and make sure clients have the old DNS server entries
Run metadata cleanup and seize all the FSMO roles back to old server
I transfer the connectors and then use adsiedit to remove exchange
I reboot the source server and check all is functioning.
Reformat the new server give it a different name and IP in the migration txt file?
and start over.

Will the above action remove Exchange 2007 from the 2003 exchange management console or will I still need to delete.
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by:IntegrityOffice
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PS I read somewhere that you cannot install Exchange again once this has happened, am I likely to bump into this problem also, if so I think I may abandon the whole migration and just setup the new server on as a new AD domain and transfer all machines to a new domain etc.
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by:Glen Knight
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Where did you read that? There is no reason why you wouldn't be able to re-install Exchange.
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by:IntegrityOffice
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thanks for the reply read it at the bottom of here
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/exchangesvrdeploy/thread/84f21467-adaf-47f2-a2de-ca07017df784

Also please can you just confirm my earlier point above that and then I will crack on with the plan.

many thanks
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by:Glen Knight
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Sorry I thought I had replied to that.

Yes that should be fine and the correct order in which to do it.
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Hi,

Maybe that other guy was right about Exchange...... I have this

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc626197(v=ws.10).aspx

Have you any thoughts please?
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by:Glen Knight
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I've done this a couple of times in the past and not had problems, it's possible not all entries have been removed which is preventing the Exchange install or the SBS2003 server is not in good health.

What does the Exchange 2003 Best Practice Analyzer say?
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by:IntegrityOffice
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I deleted the adminsitrative group with adsiedit as per your previous comment, I hjave found the event log that refers,

"Exchange server compnent hub transport role failed
error
could not find the defualt administrative group (Fy......) Event ID 1002 ( I will googel this whilst i see if you have a great answer. )
cheers
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by:Glen Knight
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did you run the sourceprep tool on the SBS2003 server? This prepares the domain and prepares for the Exchange 2007 installation.
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by:IntegrityOffice
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I ran this first time and got an exchange error. I thjen rebooted and ran it again created a new answer file, this time I did not get the error but I did not do the reboot. Would this be related? Obviously al this had been done a week ago.
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by:Glen Knight
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yes it would be related, because you cleaned up the admin group and needed to re-create it, this tool will do that.
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OK I have rebooted the old server run replication to the new, rebooted the new and I then run setup.com /anything and I get an instant error

exchange server setup encountered an error

Have you thoughts or suggestions at this point? I was getting all excited 20 mins ago...

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what are you running setup.com for?
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by:IntegrityOffice
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I am trying to run the installation again and thought that this was how you do it, what should I be doing?
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by:Glen Knight
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You will need to start the SBS2008 installation from scratch.
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by:IntegrityOffice
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What another migration or a new domain etc? I am happy to run through the above again with the correct reboots etc or is it going to fail at the same point?
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by:IntegrityOffice
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If you come across this scenario, I have to be honest either fix the problem or forget about the migration. I ended up with some problems with exchange and started to run out of time.

Thank you for all your help and time.
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