Uninstall Exchange 2013

abhijitm00
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Hi Experts, need to forcefully uninstall Exchange 2013 CU 14 from an environment. All databases have been removed and also all mailboxes. On running the uninstall from Add/remove it says it cannot find exchangeserver.msi in the folder C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V15\Bin. Also CU 14 is not available for download otherwise I could have put it in and done the uninstall. Is there a way to remove this Exchange server from AD using ADSI Edit?

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Distinguished Expert 2018
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I have never had to completely remove all of exchange via ADSIEdit but the 2 links looks to be accurate, so you can review and action your exchange:

1.

https://msexperttalk.com/remove-exchange-server-using-adsi-edit/


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https://kx.cloudingenium.com/microsoft/servers/exchange/exchange-2013/exchange-2013-completely-remove-settings-active-directory/
Edward van BiljonMessaging and Collaboration Technical Lead (Exchange MVP & MCT)

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Can you rather not upgrade the server first and then do a clean uninstall? messing with ADSIEdit can leave your environment in a non functional state. I have removed a server before but you always tend to have lingering issues down the line.

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Thanks Edward. I tried applying CU15 as a method of upgrading it but on trying to install it but Exchange still needed the older files to uninstall CU 14. So the uninstall and upgrade failed as well which is why I had to use ADSI Edit to remove Exchange

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Removed Exchange from AD using links provided by Tim

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