Manually Remove Exchange 2007 from domain

Posted on 2011-10-20
Last Modified: 2012-05-12

I recently deployed an exchange 2010 server and have since taken the exchange server 2007 offline and it wont boot.

Are there any good and easy to understand documents available on a step by step basis on how to manually remove exchange 2007 from active directory and have it not be seen as an existing server to exchange 2010, some operations popup a message telling me there is an exchange 2007 server in the domain and I have to run certain tasks from it as well, but this server is offline now :)

Question by:smyers051972
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    If you can't boot the 2007 Exchange server then that means that you will need to manually remove the server using NTDSUTIL. Before performing this action I would suggest backing up your current Active Directory Structure. You can do this by Following the steps in this article:

    Backup Active Directory:

    Manually remove servers from Active Directory using NTDSUTIL
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    Author Comment

    The domain controllers and now the new exchange are all VM's I could just snapshot the servers before doing the removal, should work?
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    I would strongly agree with itguy and take a state backup

    Low level active directory work can have many ramifications, especially with exchange. Changes within AD could impact all AD reliant servers therefore to save pain a system state AD backup should be done regardless of physical hadware or virtual.

    Exchange manual removal is incredibly complex as it multilinks through the AD schema and configuration tables is there no way you can bring the server online and gracefully remove it?
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    Author Comment

    Apologize for the delay but this is still on hold... will advise.
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    Accepted Solution

    Sorry my account went inactive, we escalated this to Microsoft for resolution.
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    Closing due to the above statement

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