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Removing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 SP2

What are the full steps to retire and remove an exchange server that is still on our network even after our email system has been moved to Office 365 cloud over 2 years ago?

Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 SP2 on a WIndows 2003 Server SP2 still connected to local domain.

Our Domain controllers are windows 2008 R2.
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Luis Moura

8/22/2022 - Mon
John

If there is nothing there, you can uninstall Exchange (going by recall at this point). You need the installation CD's to do this.
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I guess I should of asked first... Why does this need to be removed? Why can't I just shut server down and remove physically from my network?
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Luis Moura

You can but is not best pratices.
Its better remove to clean all objects from AD, and some connectors, that exist.
rindi

If you just shut it down it will still exist as an object in your AD domain.
John

If you have a new server, did not migrate, and are certain you do not need it, then you can shut it down and remove the server.
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I am trying to log into exchange server and it's telling me the domain is not available.
Amit

Use ADSITEdit option.
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When I try to use ADSITEdit option I get the following error;

The connection Domain could not be loaded.
The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacte.d
John

Is it possible to disjoin from the domain and rejoin the domain again?
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Luis Moura

You need to run on DC, and if you can get login on exchange, try to dcpromo /forceremoval
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Exchange server so old it was pointing to a non-existent DNS server...  I am using ADSI EDIT and what I see is different then the document AMIT sent.

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Amit

I assume you connected to config partition. Can you send the full screenshot. Hide your domain name info. Read this also
http://blogs.msmvps.com/bradley/2011/01/28/manually-removing-exchange-2003-from-the-migration-process/
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What do I do after I delete it?  Shut down and remove server?
John

Shut down and remove server?   <--- Yes, I think so. It is old, gone and thoroughly out of use.
Amit

Once you delete it, your Exchange is going or cleaned up. Go to AD and server for Exchange Server computer object, remove it and you are done. Then you and use it for other purpose. Format and join to domain again, if needed.
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The exchange is going and not going back on the network...
Luis Moura

If not use remove it, and shutdown