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Remove email roles from SBS 2011 server

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One of our offices has a Windows server running SBS 2011.
It used to do email via Exchange (albeit in a very unusual way), but I've moved all of the users across to our Office 365 cloud email.
I've got an exported copy of each mailbox as a PST file in case I need them, and now I'd like to change the way the server works by removing or disabling the Exchange role.
I don't want to damage the AD configuration though because this server is also a domain controller.

What's the best thing to do here?

The main reason for wanting to do this is to:

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regain the system resources (RAM, CPU and HDD) so that we can move our MSSQL/.NET application back onto this server

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stop "autodiscover.domain.com" errors in Outlook caused by DNS roles on this server despite the external DNS zone file records all pointing to the Office365 server
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Larry Struckmeyer MVP earned 2000 total points
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Hi:

Just change the public MX and Auto Discover records and if needed set all the exchange services on the SBS to disabled.
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Have done this and there appears to be no adverse effects except the odd SSL certificate lookup error but that is due to dns settings within the DC I think.
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