Remove shadow roles from Exchange Org 2007 when physical servers no longer exist

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I inherited and Exchange 2007 Org that has 2 servers that appear in the Exchange org. These servers have the HUB/CAS role assigned to each. The physical servers have been completely removed from the network without removing the roles prior to removal. The question is how do I remove these roles from the Exchange org when the physical servers have been removed from the network.

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I went hunting for removal instructions using ADSI Edit and I did not find any. In truth you may have to take the time to recover the exchange servers and do an uninstall. <a href=”http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb123496(printer).aspx”>Here is a good guide for you.</a>

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  • Technochic
    When you say the servers were "removed from the network" does that mean there is no chance to put them back on the network and run the uninstall of exchange? Were the hard drives erased? If so then you may need to use ADSI Edit to remove the servers.
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  • Snagg
    Correct, these servers are long gone and there is no chance that they will be coming back, which means there is no chance for me to perform a proper uninstall of the roles. And yes, the hard drives were erased.
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  • Snagg
    Thanks, I didn't find any info for deleting dead servers via AdsiEdit, either. So, I will be using the "restoreserver" switch. Have you used the "restoreserver" switch? Hub/CAS role is on on machine. Do you recommend restoring and uninstalling both roles at the same time? Or individually.
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  • Technochic
    I would restore them one at a time if you just want to use one server for the job. If you have two servers at your disposal I don't think there would be any problem restoring them at the same time, no. Whatever is most expedient.
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