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How to remove Exchange 2010 Server - 3.Jun.2010 10:37:00 AM   
makkatini

 

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Hi,

I have recently built four Exchange 2010 servers, first 3 went smoothly. I am currently running a misex 2010/2003 exchange until we complete the migration.
My fourth server has the Hub Transport and Client Access Role.
Now this server has what appears to be a dodgy OS install, it takes forever to load Windows and I can only use task manager after it loads, can't even navigate to My Computer, so long story short, I want to rebuild this box from scratch.

How can I remove the Exchange server without using Add/remove programs or running the Exchange 2010 CD?
I see there is an option in the Management Console called Delete Exchange, after you highlight a server, but this worries me slightly.

Remember, I can't access anything on the server.

Any help will be appreciated!

Thanks

J
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RE: How to remove Exchange 2010 Server - 3.Jun.2010 10:44:27 AM   
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Forgot to mention one thing, here are all the roles.

Server1 - Hub Transport, Client Access, Mailbox
Server2 - Hub Transport, Client Access, Mailbox
Server3 - Hub Transport, Client Access, Mailbox
Server4 - Hub Transport, Client Access
Server5 - Edge Transport

Server4 is the one I need to rebuild from scratch.

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RE: How to remove Exchange 2010 Server - 3.Jun.2010 10:46:12 AM   
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Since the Exchange server has already been installed on this machine, then you can go ahead and format\reinstall the OS on the server. You must install the same OS with the same SP level (if applicable) and same drive configuration (# of drives and drive letters). You can reinstall Exchange using the Setup.com /RecoverServer switch.

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RE: How to remove Exchange 2010 Server - 3.Jun.2010 10:51:43 AM   
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Thanks, that makes things clearer. I will rebuild the OS and update the forum once I have completed the job.
Question, what does the delete exchange button do then?

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RE: How to remove Exchange 2010 Server - 3.Jun.2010 11:27:43 AM   
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Where are you seeing this option?

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RE: How to remove Exchange 2010 Server - 3.Jun.2010 11:43:10 AM   
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Ignore my rantings, I was having a "moment", I was looking at the Organization Configuration tab, you cam remove mailbox roles etc with the Remove option. I have been dealing with RPC errors today so my mind is moosh....

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RE: How to remove Exchange 2010 Server - 24.Jun.2010 10:38:27 AM   
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Thanks, this worked a charm

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RE: How to remove Exchange 2010 Server - 15.Jul.2010 2:57:19 PM   
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This is already too late but just for sake of information. Most likely your problems with Dogdy Os install (slow windows starting, task mgr working but everything else being so slow you couldn't' do anything) was because you disabled IPv6. This happened to me on Exchange 2007 and it's still not "fixed" in Exchange 2010. IF you want IPv6 disabled you have to disable it properly and not just by tick off of checkbox.

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