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Finish SBS 2011 Migration to different hardware

Hello,

I am trying to migrate SBS 2011 to different hardware. I installed SBS in migration mode on the new hardware and everything is working fine. The one thing I didn't do was migrate exchange. When I was migrating exchange installation gave me an error likely since the new hardware had 4GB ram and as I understand 8GB is required. This is okay as we don't use exchange at this time and the hardware we are moving to is only temporary until we can get another server in.

In the migration wizard the final steps talks about demoting the source server, it says to read the instructions for how to do this that it links to:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc626220.aspx

This takes you to a page that allows you to download a word document. In that document under "finish migration" it tells you to first move the arbitration database to a new mailbox and then uninstall the database. I couldn't move it since I didn't have another server to move it to so I simply deleted this arbitration mailbox which went fine.

When I go to uninstall exchange from the control panel management console is grayed out if I leave the server roles to uninstall checked, so I uncheck those (other wise I get an error that one of the controls is grayed out).

This lets me continue with the uninstallation, however, it gives these errors before it starts:


Summary: 4 item(s). 2 succeeded, 2 failed.
Elapsed time: 00:00:13


Configuring Prerequisites
Completed

Elapsed Time: 00:00:00


Mailbox Role Prerequisites
Failed

Error:
Uninstall cannot continue. Database 'Public Folder Database 1919667574': The public folder database "Public Folder Database 1919667574" contains folder replicas. Before deleting the public folder database, remove the folders or move the replicas to another public folder database. For detailed instructions about how to remove a public folder database, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=81409&clcid=0x409.
Click here for help... http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=30939&l=en&v=ExBPA.14&id=b6e3b32a-8848-46cb-9567-72288ac15f60

Elapsed Time: 00:00:08


Client Access Role Prerequisites
Completed

Elapsed Time: 00:00:02


Hub Transport Role Prerequisites
Failed

Error:
This computer is configured as a source transport server for 1 connector(s) in the organization. These must be moved or deleted before Setup can continue.
Click here for help... http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=30939&l=en&v=ExBPA.14&id=67c28d7f-cf6f-4f9c-b8a0-7e28ed318e2f

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.
Click here for help... http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=30939&l=en&v=ExBPA.14&id=b35c4602-e6c4-4fcc-873c-31f80a2582e1

Elapsed Time: 00:00:02


I have tried removing these public folders from exchange power shell but I get an error that they don't exist. I also don't know how to resolve the problems with the bridgehead and transport errors. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance.
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The migration steps are pretty complete and I am not aware of anyway around them.  If you will be getting a new server soon, what is gained by this move?

It might be better, assuming failing hardware or such, to migrate to a stand alone server, to preserve the AD, then migrate that to SBS when you receive capable hardware.
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