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Removing Exchange 2003 after migrating to Ex 2010

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Hi,
I'm just about done migrating Ex2003 to Ex2010. I've moved all the mailboxes and public folders. Mail is flowing well on the Ex2010 server. So, I tried to remove Ex2003 from the windows 2003 server. In the middle of the uninstall however, the uninstall wizard gave a generic error about a problem having occurred and stopped the uninstall. Now if I go to "Add Remove Programs", Exchange is no longer an option, so I can't try the removal again.
So my question is this, can I just go ahead and move the FSMO roles (this was also a DC) to the 2008 server and be done with this? Is there some reason I can't move the roles over even though Ex2003 hasn't fully un-installed yet?

Thanks

Mike
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You should move the FSMO roles without any problems. However, it would be advisable that you do not run DC and Exchange together on the same box again. Even a split into two VMs on the same physical hardware is a preferred solution to co-hosting.

Once you move all FSMO roles to another DC, run the DCPROMO to remove Directory Services and make the server just Exchange.  If uninstall still doesn't succeed after this step, you can run ADSIEdit to remove the server object under Configuration / Services / Microsoft Exchange / Exchange Organization / Administrative Groups / Servers container.
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Thanks for the quick response. What do you mean when you say "make the server just Exchange"?
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Well, if the uninstall didn't complete, we can assume the server is still treated as Exchange.  So, once DC roles are moved and Directory Services uninstalled through DCPROMO, the server remains "just" Exchange - in other words, you can remove it more aggressively.  In other words, through ADSIEdit.
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Ahh! I see. I don't need that server any longer. When I'm sure everything is cool I'm just going to shut it down completely and remove from network.
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Thank you for the points. I'd still suggest doing DCPROMO to remove AD services.  Makes the removal cleaner.
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