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Removing Exchange server from console

    Question

  • I had a previous Exchange admin that added an Exchange 2010 server in the console that is no longer online any longer and worse yet they never registered the key for it so every time I open the Exchange management console I get a popup window telling me this.  How do I go about removing a server that is no longer online from the console?
    Wednesday, June 20, 2012 3:26 AM

Answers

  • That's not good.  The only supported way to remove the server is to reinstall it with the same server name using Setup /RecoverServer, and then running Setup /Uninstall.  You are welcome to remove it using ADSI Edit, but be aware that you could end up leaving pieces behind, and it's an unsupported method in case you have problems later.

    Ed Crowley MVP "There are seldom good technological solutions to behavioral problems."

    • Proposed as answer by Jamestechman Wednesday, June 20, 2012 7:17 PM
    • Marked as answer by Terence Yu Thursday, June 28, 2012 2:40 AM
    Wednesday, June 20, 2012 3:06 PM

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  • I don't know what you mean about "added an Exchange 2010 server in the console."  Would you please elaborate?

    Ed Crowley MVP "There are seldom good technological solutions to behavioral problems."

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012 4:14 AM
  • He set up more than one Exchange server on the network originally apparently as the phantom Exchange server still appears under server configuration even though it does not exist on the network any longer.
    Wednesday, June 20, 2012 4:18 AM
  • That's not good.  The only supported way to remove the server is to reinstall it with the same server name using Setup /RecoverServer, and then running Setup /Uninstall.  You are welcome to remove it using ADSI Edit, but be aware that you could end up leaving pieces behind, and it's an unsupported method in case you have problems later.

    Ed Crowley MVP "There are seldom good technological solutions to behavioral problems."

    • Proposed as answer by Jamestechman Wednesday, June 20, 2012 7:17 PM
    • Marked as answer by Terence Yu Thursday, June 28, 2012 2:40 AM
    Wednesday, June 20, 2012 3:06 PM
  • Hi
    You want to run adsi to remove old exchange server, you can read this case.
    There is no documented way to manually remove Exchange 2007/2010 and the only way to do it is using the setup /m:recoverserver, Thus using ADSIEDIT is not recommended nor supported.
    I
     recommends only using ADSIEDIT only as a last resort if nothing works


    Terence Yu

    TechNet Community Support


    • Edited by Terence Yu Friday, June 22, 2012 6:45 AM
    Thursday, June 21, 2012 3:08 AM
  • So you are saying that using ADSI Edit is supported as a last resort?  I have been told that it is not supported at all.

    Ed Crowley MVP "There are seldom good technological solutions to behavioral problems."

    Friday, June 22, 2012 4:11 AM
  • Hi
       Sorry it is my mistake. I have edited origin post. It is just my suggestion.

    Terence Yu

    TechNet Community Support

    Friday, June 22, 2012 6:44 AM