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Decommissioning and old exchange 2003 server

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Hi guys:
I have an hybrid environment Exchange 2003/2007/2010.

Right now, we want to take off the last 2 exchange 2003, my first issue where I got stuck is trying to move the public folder replication from one of the exchange 2003 servers. Currently those servers are not replicating with my production environment.

It seems like it has some previous work of decommissioning , in the system manager console\server\public folder\instances , it only shows up 5 folders, most of them look like system folder or hierarchy.
So mainly, my issue is when I tried to move all replicas I got the next error:

ACCESS DENIED ERROR.
Facility: Win32
ID no: 80070005
Exchange System Manager

I have all exchange admin rights and also get another account with higher permissions also in AD, but I got the same error, also I've read different articles but with no luck.
Already tried to recreate IIS websites to fix this issue, from MS Knowledge but didn't work.
In fact, if try to open up one of those 5 folders, just to check the properties it prompt with windows credentials.

My questions are:
Any idea how can recover those permissions or how can I safely remove this server?
is there any risk if I just uninstall the software?

Thanks!
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by:vishal_breed
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Along with Uniinstalling exchange, you need to remove Exchange 2003 existence from AD.

First you need to resolve access issue...

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/exchange/en-US/11c7bb30-10af-46af-bd22-5ae75c2aed8d/id-no-80070005
or
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/894461

Then follow removing Exchange 2003 from AD......

How to completely remove a Exchange server or the entire Exchange organization
http://www.msexchange.org/articles-tutorials/exchange-server-2003/migration-deployment/Remove-Exchange-server-entire-Exchange-organization.html

Removing Exchange 2003 from active directory after migration to 2010
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/exchange/en-US/f9f0d820-e9d8-4344-9365-35704743b689/removing-exchange-2003-from-active-directory-after-migration-to-2010?forum=exchangesvrdeploylegacy
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by:Steve
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Are there any old admin accounts that used to be used when this server was more prominent in your environment. You may just find that the user you are trying doesn't have permissions to the public folders.
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by:John
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I agree, first thing to resolve is the access issue.
Let me check that and will be updating later on... thanks.
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Hi guys:
I got some good news, I already fixed this issue.
just for the record and I hope this will save for some else, I followed up this article:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/282125

The issue was really simple, somebody added a second website on my IIS, so both websites were listening on port 80
Even they had a different Header looks like caused some issues, so since nobody else was using this server, I stopped the another website, and default website took the port 80,
That fixed my access issue.
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by:John
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At the end of the day, first comment help me to dig further on my environment.
However, noticed that I fixed it was different than the suggested articles suggested. Even though were really helpful to track down this problem.
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