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Cannot uninstall Exchange 2003 From Windows 2003 SBS

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I am migrating away from my Windows 2003 SBS server to Windows 2008 R2.  I followed the instructions here and got all the way through the uninstall of Exchange 2003.  

When I am in the change/remove for Windows 2003 SBS, I get the following error when I try to remove Exchange.

Setup encountered an error while checking prerequisites for the component "Microsoft Exchange": 0X80072030 (8240): There is no such object on the server.

My concern is at the start of step 11 in the link, I used the ADSI Editor to remove the Recipient Update Service.  The instructions say "Right Click on Recipient Update Service (Enterprise Configuraion) and select Delete.  There may also be a Recipient Update Service (ORGNAME) this also needs to be deleted."

So I did just that.  However, the next line says in bold: Only delete the Recipient Update Service Entries under the container; DO NOT delete the container itself or any other entry.  But I think that's what I just did.

So I found the following KB article and followed the instructions.  kb283089

Still am getting the error.  PLEASE HELP!
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You might want to look for the Microsoft KB article on how to manually remove Exchange 2003 (i.e. equivalent scenario to a failed/dead Exchange server.). Also involves ADSIEdit and requires that you have a functioning Exchange 2003 (or higher) server also in your environment.
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