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How to properly remove Exchange 2003 Server when original network has changed.

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We have an exchange 2003 server which was shutdown abruptly and the network that the server resided on was removed.

The server has been shipped to a new location with a different network but we need to reuse the hardware for something else.

How do I go about properly decommissioning the server after the network has changed?
I can get the original network emulated but will have access to one other domain, or does the decomissioning proccess require that all AG's be accessible?

I was thinking if the emulated network is brought back up, but has connection to one network that is visible to the rest of the networks, maybe it will communicate the "removal" of the EX2003 server to the other AG's.
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Not sure what you are trying to do, the current server has been removed from a network and has Exchange installed yes? Is it in use? Do you need any data off it? if no then just format it and rebuild.
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I have an exchange server that I need to remove out of AD/Exchange System Manager. The server was physically moved from one office to another and the home network has been removed. If I turn on this exchange at the current location it will have a the network configurations that only work on its former network.

Is there a way that I can remove this server in AD from other exchange servers without turning this server on? No data needs to recovered, all accounts and mailboxes have been migrated over to the new home site. Right now if I look in Exchange System Manager, I can still see the server (shown as offline) and actually some servers and DC's are complaining that it can't reach this particular server. So we are receiving false logs and those logs are causing uneeded network traffic.
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You will need to use ADSI Edit, and navigate to: Expand Configuration > Services > Microsoft Exchange > Organisation Name > Servers, do you see the redundant server listed here? If so, delete it.

Alternatively you should be able to delete it from System Manager.
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Just delete it from System Manager on a member server and thats it? Will the change replicate to the other servers without any issues?

I just don't want any lingering side effects, but I'll use ADSI Edit to double check.

Thanks,
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Yep, that's it ;)  it should delete the entries from ADSI Edit, but if it doesn't then simply right click on the server object in ADSI Edit and select delete.

Make sure the Recipient Update Services are using a valid server as well.
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