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  • How to delete a dead exchange 2003?

    I work in a lab environment

    We removed a dead exchange server off our domain. Is there a way to remove the AG info? Tried to delete, but get errors because the stores are still mounted and mailboxes were never removed. The server is offline and will not be put back on line. We are deleting the whole AG and all info in Active Directory from our domain/forest. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: How to delete a dead exchange 2003?

    Your best option would be to do a disaster recovery installation of Exchange. Build a new server - VMWARE will do. Call it the same name as the original server.
    Once the server is up, you can remove it correctly. The mailboxes that are pointing at the server need to have their Exchange attributes removed.
    You can do searches on the domain to remove those. Once they are gone, use add/remove programs to remove the server cleanly. If you missed some mailboxes it will tell you.

    Simon.
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      Re: How to delete a dead exchange 2003?

      ok,
      we have also removed the DC's on the domain. Does this mean I basically have to rebuild the whole post (dc and mb)? I was afraid of this.

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      • #4
        Re: How to delete a dead exchange 2003?

        You can use ADSIEDIT utility to delete it from the configuration container.

        read this article:

        http://support.microsoft.com/kb/833396

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        • #5
          Re: How to delete a dead exchange 2003?

          If you have removed the domain controllers then you don't have a domain.
          For the domain to exist you must have a domain controller. If you have a domain controller then you can do what I outlined because the information is still there.

          Simon.
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          Simon Butler
          Exchange MVP

          Blog: http://blog.sembee.co.uk/
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