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Uninstall/Disable GFI MailEssentials 12.0

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We are currently looking at uninstalling GFI MailEssentials as we havent renewed our subscription and decided that we do not need anymore. We tested today by stopping all GFI services but then all mail stopped being recieved. I have looked at the connectors but am not to familar with the setup of these, can anyone please provide hints on disabling GFI and still having mail come through, and hopefully this same solution will work if we do decide to remove the product completely..
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If its Microsoft Exchange 2000 / 2003 & IIS SMTP

To disable GFI MailEssentials from scanning all email, you need to un-register the GFI MailEssentials event sinks from Microsoft IIS / Microsoft Exchange 2000 / 2003. Run the following cmd file to un-register the GFI MailEssentials event sinks:

<\GFI\MailEssentials\stop_snks.cmd>

To register the GFI MailEssentials event sinks again, you can run the following cmd file:

<\GFI\MailEssentials\start_snks.cmd>

When executing any of the above cmd files, the ‘IIS Admin service’ is stopped and restarted. Before doing so, the cmd will inform you of the dependant services which are being stopped. You would need to take note of these services, as these would need to be restarted manually.

Microsoft Exchange 2007

Note: The following command files are available in GFI MailEssentials 14 (build 20081024) and later.

To disable GFI MailEssentials on Microsoft Exchange 2007, you need to run the following cmd file to remove the GFI MailEssentials Agents from Microsoft Exchange 2007:

 <\GFI\MailEssentials\Disable_Agents.cmd>

Note: Running the above will automatically restart the GFI Microsoft Exchange Transport service.

To re-enable the GFI MailEssentials agents, run the following cmd file:

<\GFI\MailEssentials\Enable_Agents.cmd>

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We will be trying this first thing Monday morning, cross fingers this doesnt cause any issues!
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by:Mr_Wormald
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Read through these steps and did a little more research and found more advanced steps at http://kbase.gfi.com/showarticle.asp?id=KBID003278
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