Exchange Configuration and AD

In the past I had a test installation of Exchange 2007. However when I removed it from the server it also deleted the Users from AD causing profiles on the Workstations to fail and a lot of work putting things back together again.

I will be installing Exchange (current version) shortly but do not want to fall into the trap of losing users from AD should I need to mess with Exchange. Is there a correct way to handle the integration into AD and if required a prefered way to remove Exchange?
TeDeSmAsked:
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AlanConnect With a Mentor ConsultantCommented:
Yes - I did it once, many years ago, and learnt my lesson the hard way too :-)

I now never install any third party software on an Exchange Server (never say never, but hey!), and I never uninstall Exchange from a server.

Alan.
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MAS (MVE)Technical Department HeadCommented:
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Hi TeDesm,
-->In the past I had a test installation of Exchange 2007. However when I removed it from the server it also deleted the Users from AD causing profiles on the Workstations to fail and a lot of work putting things back together again.
How did you remove?  Did you uninstall Exchange 2007 from programs?
Removing an Exchange will not delete or mess up AD users.

Thanks
MAS
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AlanConsultantCommented:
Hi,

For what its worth, I would never uninstall Exchange from any server unless there was a compelling reason to do so.

I would just disable all the services, and leave well alone, plus if you did ever need it, it would still be there.


Alan.
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TeDeSmAuthor Commented:
Exchange was remove from the Control Panel, however the removal was not complete and I had to use the command line method which did remove all of  Exchange but also screwed  AD users.

I think in fact I will just stop all the services in future.
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TeDeSmAuthor Commented:
Install Exchange, never uninstall.
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