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Destroyed exchange 2010 server with no viable backups how to remove exchange and reinstall

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A client recently destroyed the partition that held a Exchange 2010 server. Thee are no viable backups, this server was almost complete the migration from 2003 to 2010. Have tried setup -m: /serverrestore but it is looking to backups of the databases.  How do I completely remove exchange 2010 from the Ad so I can do a new install? Tried installing another server but ti still looks for the databases.
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by:jrgcomputing
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Have you tried creating a new database?

It may be worth trying this if you can't create a new database

http://forums.msexchange.org/m_1800532154/mpage_1/key_/tm.htm#1800532154
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We have tried that. But as this was a recovery in the AD it is looking for the original mailbox and pulic folders. It will crate a new database but will not allow the moving of mailboxes to this new database because the old one is not available and the liked public folder is not available.

Thank you
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do you have ur exchange database (edb) file?

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Since the databases (edb) file were not available as per original question. The only solution was to totally remove an reference to the Exchange 2010 in the Active Directory. The perform a new install and restore emails from the ost files stored on the workstations. Public folders and GALs all had to be manually recreated. Users have to reassociated with new mailboxes.
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My own
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