Removing 1 Exchange 2010 server from our Domain

Joe Bulleit
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We had a project that would have our servers virtualized with a hosting facility.  We built an exchange 2010 server (Mailserver) in our domain and had it up and running.  Creating the virtual image didn't work, so we built a 2nd Exchange 2010 server that was virtual from the beginning (Mailserver2).  

Now I have to pull the Mailserver out of our domain because the other server is operational.  How can I do this?  From what I have seen online, according to MS, it is as simple as going into the add/remove programs and just removing the roles.  HOWEVER, I have NEVER seen anything from MS that was that simple.

Can anyone help me get this other machine out of my AD?  I am not licensed to run 2 exchange boxes so this is a pretty important issue for me.

Thanks for the help.
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BusbarSolutions Architect
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AaronVice President, Operations

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If the machine is not functioning in an Exchange role you can uninstall the software from the server and then remove it from your domain.  There should be very little, if any, manual cleanup required in this scenario.  This assumes that Mailserver1 is not performing any mailflow tasks for your domain.
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The mailserver is not preforming any Exchange functions in our organization at all.  We still have our 2003 server being the GAL server (for now)  and will make sure that role is transitioned over when I finish removing and cleaning up the "extra" exchange server.

I'll take a look at the links and let you know what happens.  I REALLY appreciate the quick reply.

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When I go through the uninstall process; I receive the following error (Using the MS Link):

Summary: 4 item(s). 1 succeeded, 3 failed.
Elapsed time: 00:00:12


Configuring Prerequisites
Completed

Elapsed Time: 00:00:00


Mailbox Role Prerequisites
Failed

Error:
Setup cannot continue with the uninstall because the 'snmp' () process (ID: 1980) has open files. Close the process and restart Setup.


Elapsed Time: 00:00:06


Client Access Role Prerequisites
Failed

Error:
Setup cannot continue with the uninstall because the 'snmp' () process (ID: 1980) has open files. Close the process and restart Setup.


Elapsed Time: 00:00:02


Hub Transport Role Prerequisites
Failed

Error:
Setup cannot continue with the uninstall because the 'snmp' () process (ID: 1980) has open files. Close the process and restart Setup.

Error:
This computer is configured as a bridgehead server for 2 routing group connector(s) in the organization. These must be moved or deleted before Setup can continue.

Warning:
There are 1 messages waiting in the 'MAILSERVER\Shadow\1022' queue. Proceeding with the removal of the server role may result in data loss.


Elapsed Time: 00:00:03

I will remove the Bridgehead and reboot the server, but not sure what to do about the SNMP errors.
AaronVice President, Operations
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What if you manually stop the SNMP service?  

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Manually stopped SNMP and it completed those steps.  I removed the 2 routing groups (Client & Default) but still get the error that the server is configured as a bridgehead server for those 2 routing groups (which are gone).

Where can I remove the bridgehead server from?

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As operationnos: words just try to stop SNMP service...or kill the service

ex: taskkill /f /im snmp.exe

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Ok, I was able to go through the process SpamwareMP stated with little issues that couldn't be corrected by what busbar posted as well.

I have Exchange 2010 removed from the server and going through some other cleanup on the machine itself; but it is still showing up on our 2003 server.  Should I wait for a few hours for it to "propigate" and remove itself from the ESM, should I reboot the server or anything like that to ensure it has gently been pulled out of the domain before I remove the server from AD?

Or should everything be ok now that Exchange 2010 has been successfully removed from there server?

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I didn't wait long enough since I just hit "refresh" and the server disappeared from ESM.

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