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  • Removing a dead Exchange server from the domain and install a new one

    Dear all.
    I have a domain.local and i installed a new server 2008 with exchange 2010 was working for 2 days and the OS broke down. (i don't care about the data on the edb)
    I installed the server 2008 from scratch but when i want to install exchange again its telling me i should run recovery mode.
    I don't want to recover. i want to remove all the records on the DC's that blocks my new install.
    How can it be done? (have 2 DC's one is 2008 and one is 2003)
    Please assist.

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    Re: Removing a dead Exchange server from the domain and install a new one

    You will need to do a recovery install (/recoverserver switch IIRC) and then do a proper uninstall. If you do not, it will leave a lot of Exchange related materials in AD and cause you no end of problems later.

    Do NOT be tempted to do anything else!!!
    Tom Jones
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      Re: Removing a dead Exchange server from the domain and install a new one

      Just to follow up on this - the ONLY supported method to remove Exchange is via add/remove programs. That means recovering the server to remove it.

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