Removing an Exchange Server after migrating to VM

Posted on 2012-08-30
Last Modified: 2013-03-06
I was running a single 2008 r2 enterprise server running several different applications, including a perfectly working Exchange 2010 server.
I decided to build a new Hyper-V 2008r2 server and install a seperate Exchange 2010 server.
I have successfully moved all the mailboxes and everything works fine.
I'm looking for some documentation on successfully removing the Exchange 2010 installation from the physical server. I want to make sure I don't break anything or leave any remnant behind. I want to make sure I transfer any settings or roles to the Virtual installation.
I know from experience how messy manual removals can be from AD, etc..if its not done properly in the first place.
Any advice appreciated.
Question by:jciancia
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    Remove the Last Legacy Exchange Server from an Exchange 2010 Organization

    How to Remove the First Exchange 2007 Server in a Coexistence Scenario

    There isnt a complete article but its the same as this .... you just need to ensure everything in pointing to the new server.

    - Rancy
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    by:Manpreet SIngh Khatra
    How do I remove Exchange 2010 from AD and Exchange environment. The server is dead

    I have a 2007 Exchange server, then built a 2010 Exchange server.  That 2010 Exchange server is now dead.
    Since then, I built a new 2010 Exchange server, but need to remove out the old 2010 Exchange Server out of the Exchange environment and AD.  Is there a way to remove this stale server?

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    I read this already but its not specific to removing a 2010 Server. I'm just worried that removing a 2010 Server may have something slightly different that isn't covered in that article.
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    by:Manpreet SIngh Khatra
    As i said there is no article to remove Exchange 2010 from a Exchange 2010 environment ...... its more like what steps or things you need to take care.

    Lastly i would say once you have taken care of everything just Stop the Server\Services for a couple of days and check no functionality is affected and can always run EXBPA from the toolbox to ensure nothing is setup wrongly in the environment.

    - Rancy
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    To remove the Exchange server I would remove the different roles one by one using the setup wizard. If anything is still running, for example some system mailboxes, on the "old" server the setup should complain.

    To get a few tips and hints search the web (google) for "remove first exchange 2010 server".
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    by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
    The biggest problem is going to be the clients. Do you have an RPC CAS array in place? If not then they will continue to connect to the old server.
    When you remove the old server, autodiscover "should" force the clients to update. If you cannot take the risk that this "should" happen, then setup an RPC CAS array, and update all clients by doing a "repair".

    The Exchange uninstaller will tell you most things if something needs to be removed.


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    Thanks, these suggestions worked

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