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Decommissioning a Exchange 203 server

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I have already moved all Exchange 2003 users to clouds. Can I simply shutdown the server or I need to unistall the Exchange to ensure nothing is still kept in my domain ?

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It will definitely help you keep your AD clean. A shutdown of an Exchange server which ONLY served as Exchange (no additional roles like ad,dhcp,dns etc), won't break you network, but it IS recommended.
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I suggest to stop exchange services including SMTP service for some days and verify Office 365 functionality. If all working as expected then decommission Exchange server.
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You need to do a proper un-installation to make sure your AD is clean.

Stopping the services as R suggested is a good idea, but after that, do a proper removal of Exchange 2003.
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As stated above you will need to uninstall exchange to remove it cleanly from AD, I would shutdown it down for a couple days to make sure nothing breaks then uninstall. I have linked the Microsoft article on how to do this.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/833396
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Hello....any update on this?
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