SBS 2003 Exchange removal pop-up about organization removal

I plan to demote and remove my SBS 2003 server from my domain with two existing 2008 and 2012 domain controllers.  It is recommended that the Exchange component be removed first.  I do not plan to use Exchange in the domain going forward.  

I selected Add /remove programs - Small Business server - from the list of components I chose "remove" for Exchange.  Things moved along to a pop-up stating that "the organization ACMECO will be removed from the Windows Active Directory"  

Our domain name is ACMECO.local.   Of course I am worried that I am about to destroy my ACMECO.local domain of 35 users.

This removal process cannot be cancelled.

My explicit question: will this procedure just remove Exchange and leave my ACMECO.local as it was but modified to reflect the absence of Exchange?  Or is this a horrible mess about to happen?

Thanks very much,
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I can't promise you that everything you installed didn't modify something that might cause an unexpected problem.  I cannot guarantee you that you've installed all the patches, always updated, drivers, etc.  As such, STRANGE THINGS CAN HAPPEN!!

That said, Removing exchange SHOULD NOT destroy your active directory.  The SMART thing to do is a FULL BACKUP first.  Maybe a second one JUST TO BE SAFE.

Standard procedure for removing an SBS server AND removing Exchange is to actually remove exchange - it's AD integrated and getting rid of it properly (through uninstall) should leave the network in a state that allows you to easily add it back in at a later date if you ever decide to do so.

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Mal OsborneAlpha GeekCommented:
You are fine, the "organisation" is an Exchange concept, not Active Directory. Assuming you no longer want an Exchange server, you are fine.
network100Author Commented:
Lee and Malmensa,

Thanks for your help.  Everything went fine thanks to your advice.  Much appreciated.

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