Removing the one of the mail servers from the organization(native mode)

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Hi, What's the best way for removing one of Exchange2k from organization while all of the exchange in the organization is 2k and the os is w2k server sp4 native mode? Thank you. ---- Regards

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Uninstall E2K from the server and it will remove the server references from AD. Make sure you have migrated all the mailboxes & public folders 1st. If it was the first E2K server in your site you will want to follow MS’s instructions for removing the 1st server from a site. You can find detailed instructions on the technet site.

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  • Aliyani
    Hi, Yes this is my first Exchange server and I forgot to say that it is one of my additional DC's and I want to remove exchange from it and also remove AD from it. Which plan do you recommend? Thank you. ------ Regards Mahnaz
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  • PaulieEddie
    Youi can expect the migration process to take a day or two. go step-by-step, no rush. Make sure that the replication steps fully complete prior to moving to the next step. Here is the Microsoft Article:;en-us;307917 Once Exchange is out of the picture, you will want to work on Active Directory. The steps would be: 1) Determine if there are any FSMO roles on the domain controller. 2) Move the FSMO roles to another machine:;en- us;255504 I like using the NTDSUTIL program. It is easier to move all of the roles that way as opposed to utilizing multiple GUI's. 3) No run DCPROMO and demote the DC. That should be it. After you demote the domain controller, you will want to check to make sure that Exchange is still working correctly. Sometimes Exchange can still try to find the DC until replication occurs and the detection of DC's occurs again in Exchange. You can force replication using REPLMON from the Support Tools on the Windows 2000 CD. If Exchange is acting squirrelly, you can manually enter the DC's so that it doesn't acknowledge the old one.
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  • Petroleumman
    Hello, One thing I didn't see anyone mention, your going to want to move any mailbox stores off of the server your planning to decommision and place them on another Exchange server. Otherwise once you uninstall Exchange your going to loose all of your data! Also, don't forget to clean up your DNS by removing any MX records pointing to the server in question. This will save you some headache as well. Based on your scenario, I'd tackle all of the Exchange migration tasks first, make sure everything is clean then uninstall Exchange from the machine. Once Exchange has been removed cleanly, then and only then would I proceed to decommissioning the server as a DC. Good Luck!
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