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Greetings,

Our primary server is currently has SBS 2011 with Exchange 2010 installed along with it. Now I snooped around the technet forums as well as here, and figured that majority says uninstalling it does not have any adverse effects. However some voiced concerns of problems and issues down the road without elaborating on what could possibly happen.

Reason being is that MS Exchange eating up space and resources when we do not use Exchange at all.

We would appreciate if anyone could shed some light on this.

Thanks in Advance.
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If you aren't using exchange and don't want it, you are better off investing in a different OS and migrating. Essentials or standard, for example. The big issue is that Microsoft does not support uninstalling exchange on SBS, and SBS-specific patches expect it there. So let's say a security issue is found in the SBS-specific "anywhere access" website. A security patch would only be tested on SBS with exchange, and likely will *expect* exchange (because exchange also has IIS components.) Installing said patch could break Anywhere Access, or worse, fail to install, leaving the system (a DC no less) insecure AND with a public-facing exploitable website. And yes, I have seen similar scenarios play out in the past.

SBS was designed as a suite. It was not intended to be run piecemeal and generally bad things happen when you try. A standalone OS is less expensive than SBS, as are CALs, so it is rarely a good idea to try and run SBS without exchange, either from a technical or financial situation.
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