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I have inherited yet another grand network to fix. For starters neither of these servers are hosting the email anymore. Everyone is off to Office 365. What I need is the correct way to remove the Exchange Server (2003 R2 EE) from the domain first. I don't want to just shut it off, I want to make sure it is removed from AD and everything.

As a reminder they also have a SBS2003 as the main DC, DNS, DHCP and also has Exchange Services running on it but its not doing anything (Why this is I have not a clue). I dont know if this would make a difference but wanted to put that in there. Once I remove the 2003R2 Exchange server then I can proceed to migrating the old SBS off the domain.
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by:Manpreet SIngh Khatra
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So simply check no Mailboxes on that DB or server
Ensure no relay is happening

Once all is done shut the services down for 2 days if noone is crying remove from Add\Remove Programs

- Rancy
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Thank you. I will try this and let you know. I don't want anything residual showing up later once I migrate that SBS off the domain.
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Rancy,
Could there be ANY underlying issues I need to look for? Keep in mind that I am only 4 weeks into this network and things are moving fast. I haven't even had time to do full research on this network and there were a few people that band-aided this thing together before I stepped in.
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Not that i can think of if you have migrated but once you shut the Old Exchange and if it holds any roles you will know it you can also run EXBPA to check if it can find something for us

If its very new its more caution and if anyone pushes me i will ask him to B\W that he is taking responsibility for all this ..... makes no sense to rush as afterwards its very hard to reget the servers and fix issues

- Rancy
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Yeah, I wish this was as simple as shutting it down. It was not the first Exchange being used. The 2003 sbs was the original. It's going to be fun :\. I appreciate the help. I will keep you posted. You wonder what some people were thinking or maybe thats the problem....................they werent
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:) ... if any doubts please do involve me as well :)

- Rancy
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It took me awhile just to get it to the point of letting me go to the Control Panel and try an remove it through Add or Remove Programs. Now it gets hung on Microsoft Exchange Messaging and Collaboration Services then it gets a red X then everything else gets a red X after that and it wont uninstall........sigh
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Some error code ?
Is the Allow inheritable set on Server objects ? Did we get some Warnings or errors for the Messaging server

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Rancy,

It was a train wreck. I had to go through the registry and ADSI in order to get this thing off of the domain and uninstalled but I got it there.
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Good to know and your one heck of an IT Engineer like me who is ready for HulkSmash :)

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