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Exchange 2010 decommission after google apps migration

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I have an exchange 2010 server which I would like to fully decommission. I have recently moved all mailboxes and mail services to google apps and no longer need the exchange installation. I have already disabled all mailboxes to remove exchange from the AD users. I am at the point of deleting the arbitration mailboxes. I am having a heck of a time trying to complete this... I just want to delete them and uninstall exchange from my system. Any help is greatly appreciated!
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by:EEhotline
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Hi,

Have you tried:

get-mailbox -arbitration | fl name, identity

then

Remove-Mailbox <Mailbox ID> -Arbitration -RemoveLastArbitrationMailboxAllowed
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by:eli290
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do you include the whole identity including the path that it shows?
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Yes
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by:eli290
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i get the following

[PS] C:\Windows\system32>remove-mailbox SystemMailbox{e0dc1c29-89c3-4034-b678-e6c29d823ed9} -arbitration -removelastarbi
trationmailboxallowed
A positional parameter cannot be found that accepts argument 'e0dc1c29-89c3-4034-b678-e6c29d823ed9'.
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidArgument: (:) [Remove-Mailbox], ParameterBindingException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : PositionalParameterNotFound,Remove-Mailbox
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Can you run the command

Disable-Mailbox -Arbitration -DisableLastArbitrationMailboxAllowed to disable the arbitration mailbox
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by:eli290
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that went through...
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by:EEhotline
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Can you try to remove the mailbox database now?
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by:eli290
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im not sure that I need to still? I just tried the uninstall and it doesnt give me that message any longer. I do get another one though.

Uninstall cannot continue. Database Public Folder Database contains folder replicas.
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