How do I remove Exchange 2010 and SBS2011 gracefully from domain after migration to Server 2008 Std R2
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 11:09 AM
We have recently completed a server replacement for a customer. They had SBS2011 using Exchange 2010. They now have Server 2008 Std R2 and Google Apps email. We have migrated the DHCP, DNS, Fileserver and all 5 FSMO roles to the new 2008 R2 server (today). During the grace period for SBS2011 we intend to decomission the old server completely.
Previous experience would suggest uninstalling Exchange 2010 then demote SBS2011 then remove from the domain and switch off. Can I simply demote SBS2011 without removing Exchange?
Can't really find any walkthroughs on this.
My concern is that if we simply turn off SBS2011 the AD is left in a mess with legacy Exchange objects making any potential reintroduction of Exchange difficult in future, plus we want to do it the correct way!
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012 12:20 PMModeratorI would uninstall Exchange before dcpromo'ing the SBS Box out of the domain.
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- Marked As Answer by Adam Craig [MSTS SBS 2008] Wednesday, November 14, 2012 9:48 AM
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 9:48 AM
Thanks for the reply Robert, that's exactly what I did.
I had a little trouble removing Exchange due to some public folder database issues but got round it by creating a new public folder datastore, linking it to the main mailbox store and deleting the problem one. I then removed the public folder hierarchy and Exchange uninstalled gracefully. DCPROMO'd the SBS server and removed from the domain.
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