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Cannot uninstall Exchange from SBS 2003 - need privs?

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Hi,

I am trying to remove a SBS 2003 server from my network.  The first step is to - of course - unistall Exchange 2003 from the SBS (Note: Exchange is not in use on any other server in the domain - we have migrated to a hosted Exchange solution).  When I open Add/Remove Programs and run the Uninstall for Windows Small Business Server 2003 it complains that "You must be a member of the Domain Admins, Schema Admins, and Enterprise Admins groups".

I have been trying this from the built-in Administrator account which most certainly DOES have these privs.  I tried creating a different account with the same privs.  However, it then complained that I HAD to run the program from the built-in Administrator.

I tried removing and then re-adding the privs with no luck.

Any ideas?
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by:kj_syence
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Take a look at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/842694

Does your server hold all the operations master roles?
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by:cpmcomputers
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Are you trying to remove sbs2003 at the end of a migration to SBS2011

That article is dated 2007 ? It could break more than it fixes?
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by:crapshooter
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I am migrating to Windows Server Enterprise 2008 R2.

I have already migrated the FSMO roles.  I will try moving them back for this part of the uninstall.
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by:Manpreet SIngh Khatra
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So your saying the Account your using is Domain\Schema\Enterprise\ExchangeFullAdmin ? If so all should be good restart the machine once

However where is the FSMO roles ?

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by:kj_syence
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It could also be DNS related if you're migrating. try to change your primary DNS server on the 03 box to point to your current DNS server in the domain.. 2008 R2 box????

Wait until things replicate or force replication, then kick off the uninstall again.
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Hmmm, so I tried to bring the FSMOs back but the dialog box reports an error connecting to the current Operations Master.  Then, when I try to actually make the change, it reports that it cannot contact the current OM.

I have pointed the DNS on the old SBS to point to the new server.

See attached.

Is it tombstoned?
FSMO.bmp
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by:Manpreet SIngh Khatra
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If you want to force change FSMO roles you can use command line to Seize and the then give to new server as only time it causes issue if that machine is Un-contactable

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Well, it turns out it was a lot worse than I thought.  There were some serious corruptions in the AD.  We are trying to fix them but it looks more likely that we will have to just shut down the old SBS and treat the new server as if it were an orphaned DC.

Thanks to everyone for your help!
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Thanks again!
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