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  • Remove failed Exchange 2003 server

    We're using a single Exchange 2003 SP2 server for our mail server, but at one point it time it appears a second one (configured as a front-end) was part of our organization.

    The server that housed it is long gone, but I can still see the instance in System Manager, right clicking on it and trying to remove doesn't even provide me with an option to do so.

    I'll shortly be transitioning to 2010 SP1, what steps do I need to make that non-existant server is removed without leaving any traces.

    I can't image our current server referencing the old front-end in any way (since it's been down for months), but are there any steps that I need to take beforehand?

    Will going to ADSIEdit Configuration Container > Exchange Servers > Administrative Group > Server delete the server object from there do the trick?

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    Re: Remove failed Exchange 2003 server

    My preference would be to DR it. If the old server machine account is still in AD, reset it, do not delete it, then build a new machine with same name.
    Install Exchange using the /disasterrecovery switch. Then remove Exchange using add/remove programs. That will remove it completely cleanly.

    If the machine account has gone from AD, then it is going to be a manual hack out. Although I am surprised that you cannot right click on it and choose delete. It can take a while for the menu to come up.

    Simon.
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    • #3
      Re: Remove failed Exchange 2003 server

      As usual you're right !

      I right clicked and waited (a long, long time) and now see the option to remove it. The machine account is no longer in AD.

      I guess I can just remove it through System Manager, now that I know I have the option?

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      • #4
        Re: Remove failed Exchange 2003 server

        If the machine account has been removed, then that is your best option.
        It takes a long time to come up because the application is trying to contact the server and it has to time out.

        Simon.
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        Simon Butler
        Exchange MVP

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        • #5
          Re: Remove failed Exchange 2003 server

          Sembee, thank you it worked great.

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