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Our company has moved all of its email to Office 365. I have the following questions:

- What are the steps to remove Exchange from the server?
- Will removing Exchange have any negative effects?

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by:Alan Hardisty
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What version of Exchange do you have?  The steps will be version dependent.

Also - what server OS is it installed on?  Is it part of SBS something or standalone?

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I think it will have the negative effect of not being able to send or receive email.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the Outlook component of Office 365 is just the "client" or "front end" for getting email, right? And Exchange is the "server" piece, or "back end". You need a server app and a client app, working together, in order for it to work. In this case, Exchange manages the email/data, and Outlook (part of Office) allows you to view it.
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to stevepcguy- our Exchange software is already disabled. Office 365 is cloud based system, and our email domain is running from there, so there is no forwarding needed.

to alanhardisty- the server is running MS Server 2008 R2. The Exchange software is MS Exchange server 2007
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Okay - thanks.

You will need to enable the Exchange services and then you can follow this article for removal:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb123893(v=exchg.80).aspx

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Thanks, I wanted to make sure before uninstalling Exchange.


%programfiles%\Microsoft\Exchange Server\bin\Setup.com /mode:uninstall

should get you started. I would keep the database and log files out of an abundance of caution. You should also remove OWA and OAB under IIS settings.
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Alan, do I need to start the services? right now they are just enabled in automatic mode. Also. please see attached... I have tried to delete the database, but it is not where the file path says it is.
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Did you have a Public Folder Database on your server and did you remove it first?
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