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I would like to know how to demote a Exchange 2010 server after moving all the mailboxes to new virtual machine from production environment?

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Hi Everyone,
  I would like to know what are the basic steps I need to do before uninstalling exchange server from member server.

Like;
- Any hidden mailboxes.
- Checks if any internal routings etc. or something else on I don't have much experience on removing
Thanks very much in advance.
Iqbal
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Here is how to show and move any hidden Arbitration mailboxes.

https://msundis.wordpress.com/2010/03/29/show-and-move-hidden-arbitration-mailboxes-in-exchange-server-2010/

Then look at your send/receive connectors and make sure everything looks ok there.

After that you all you need to do is run the uninstall.  

It really is that simple.  I've done tons of these.

What I've done in the past if I have any concerns is to STOP and disable all of the Exchange services and let things run for a couple of days.

If there are no issues, I then shut down the server and let it run for another couple of days.

If everything is still working as expected, I then enable the Exchange services, start them up then do my uninstall.

You may also want to make a backup or snapshot of your server be for the removal just in case.
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Thanks Scott, good idea will stop all the services for few days and see if any issues across the group then arrange to uninstall.
What about the public folders is there any specific command to check if they are all moved across. I have limited experience in power shell.

Thanks, Iqbal
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And as an aside....here is a very useful script to generate mailbox reports.

http://exchangeserverpro.com/powershell-script-create-mailbox-size-report-exchange-server-2010/

And here is one to check your Exchange Server health.

http://exchangeserverpro.com/powershell-script-exchange-server-health-check-report/
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