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I have a problem with my Exchange 2010 installation.  I am setting up three new servers for Exchange 2010.  All part of a CAS array and DAG.  I had two of the servers up and running and then somehow lost both the servers.  Long story that doesn't apply.  To make it short i had to build the servers over again and tried to run exchange with the /RecoverServer switch but it won't complete.  Apparently it's so ingrained in my AD that I can't recover and can't remove.  I need to know how to rip out exchange 2010 manually and start over.
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When you rebuilt the servers did you reset or delete the computer accounts for server? If you deleted then this is why it doesn't work.

Do you have any other exchange in your organisation?

If not then you will need to remove the organisation using ADSI Edit and delete the content of the Select Configuration well-known naming configuration -> CN=Configuration -> CN=Services -> CN=Microsoft Exchange -> CN=<YourExchOrgName> container.
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you need to check the below:
Understanding Backup, Restore and Disaster Recovery:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd876874.aspx#SerRec

specially these two topics:
Recover an Exchange Server:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd876880.aspx

Recover a Database Availability Group Member Server:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd638206.aspx

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If you have any other exchange servers do not follow the steps above.
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please read carefully the above technet URLs i have sent before doing any major change to be able to successfully recover
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I have a running exchange 2003 cluster.  The new servers were for the migration to 2010.  I hadn't even started the migration yet, no mailboxes configured and the DAG wasn't even configured yet.  One of the errors I get when I tried to remove 2010 on one of the servers was that it was the bridgehead, etc.  Now I don't even get that error it just won't recover.  I figured ripping it out and starting over would be the best path.
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Using ADSI edit under the location I specified above find your Exchange 2010 servers and right click delete.  This will remove them from the organisation and allow you to re-install.
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which is i already mentioned in my URLs
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please read the articles i mentioned before:

Understanding Backup, Restore and Disaster Recovery:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd876874.aspx#SerRec

specially these two topics:
Recover an Exchange Server:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd876880.aspx

Recover a Database Availability Group Member Server:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd638206.aspx

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Waleeda, I am pretty sure I mentioned that in my first post, however I also asked for further information to clarify the situation.  The author had already said they had tried the disaster recovery option and it hadn't worked.
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it should work "its MS Technet", anyway no issues
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I am afraid, I know from bitter experience just because technet says so, doesn't mean it does. :)
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demazter,

I'm have trouble finding where my 2010 servers are in that location.  Under cn=configuration, cn=services, cn=microsoft exchange, cn=orginization name....I have many cn's like:

address lists container
addressing
administrative groups
approval applications
availability configuration,

etc down to cn=UM Mailbox policies.  I have drilled down into all of them and don't see a location with my servers listed.
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So under Administrative Groups, what do you have listed there?
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OK I think I have it.  Under administrative groups I have cn=exchange administrave group (FYDIBOHF23SPDLT) and this is where I find my new servers.  The other listing is cn=nashville (which is my current 2003 servers are listed.

So I just need to delete the servers themselves from the new group?  Or the entire cn=exchange administrative group?  Then start a clean install and not a recovery install?
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just delete the whole administrative group exchange "administrave group (FYDIBOHF23SPDLT)"
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Gottcha, thanks.  Have done it and am rebuilding now.  I'll be back to assign the points later unless I have more questions.
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Everything installed and went back in.  However, when I open the EMC and it tried to connect to the on premise exchange server I get the following:

No Exchange servers are available in any Active Directory sites.  You can't connect to remote Powershell on a computer that only has the management Tolls role installed.
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Sounds like you could be missing a pre-requisite, or you use aproxy server for Internet access?
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not even trying to get internet access yet.  Under the management shell it tells me connecting to the remote server failed with the following error message:  the winrm client sent a request to an http server and got a response sying the requested http url was not available.  this is usually returned by a http server that does not support ws-managent protocol.

Also, do the mail servers have to be in the computers OU like they did in 2003?
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Did you install Exchange 2010 SP1? Ifnot can you and check the box on the first few screens to install pre-requisites.
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What I have done so far is to remove exchange once again and have installed only the CAS role and the management console.  I'm still getting the same error stating that no exchange servers are in any active directory sites.  You can't connect to powershell on a computer that only has the management tools installed.
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can you post a screenshot of the error?
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Exchange 2010 error
Here is the image.
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do you have any Exchange 2010 servers installed?
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This is the first 2010 server and it has only the CAS and EMC on it.  My other mail severs are 2003
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is this on a different subnet to your existing Exchange Organisation?
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Nope, same subnet.
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Sorry, have been out with sick kids.  Here's what I've done so far.  Completely removed all servers again.  Have rebuit windows 2008 enterprise.  Upon installing exchange 2010 and only installing the CAS role I get the following error.


 cas error
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