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I have two old 2003 DC's that have Exchange on them.. They are not the last DC's..  What is the steps in general or lead me in the right direction to remove Exchange from these..
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It is pretty straightforward.  Do the uninstall from add/remove programs and it will gracefully remove the exchange server from Active Directory.
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Hi,
First of all you are running a unsupported Exchange version.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle?C2=730&forceorigin=esmc
If you want to uninstall you can uninstall from Add/Remove programs.
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb125110(v=exchg.65).aspx
But what about the mailboxes in the server?
Do you want to remove exchange form your organization?
Are you planning to upgrade or planning to go Exchange online/hosted exchange?

Please elaborate to provide you better solution.

MAS
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by:Ibrahim Benna
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What version of Exchange are running on these machines? Do you still have mailboxes on these exchange servers?
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by:gopher_49
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-MAS-,

I do not have any mailboxes on this server anymore.. I want to uninstall it from the old Windows 2003 server and remove it from my Exchange environment completely.
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by:MAS
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Hi,
If you want to uninstall you can uninstall from Add/Remove programs.
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb125110(v=exchg.65).aspx
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by:gopher_49
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-MAS-,

Since it's a DC do I have to manually remove anything from the Exchange environment?  In the past I thought I have to manually remove object in AD.  It's not the last DC.. There are others.. One day I plan to decommission it but not right now..
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by:MAS
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No just uninstall Exchange now it will not create issues for ur DC.
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by:gopher_49
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-MAS-,

I'll do this after hours today.  I'll take an Exchange and System State backup first.  I'll update you ASAP.
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