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How to: Remove Legacy Exchange Servers using ADSIEdit tool

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Why would you need to remove legacy exchange servers via adsiedit.msc ? A few reasons:

  • The servers are permanently offline due to bad hardware/operating system
  • An installation/uninstall of Exchange failed

The following steps must be completed via ADSIEdit tool in order to remove legacy Exchange Servers from your environment

To enable this tool in Windows 2008R2/Windows 7:

Start –> Run and type “regsvr32 adsiedit.dll” (without the quotes) –> “Ok” key.  A dialogue screen will appear with an successful message. Click “Ok”. Then go to Start –> Run and type “adsiedit.msc”. This command will open the adsiedit tool

Select the correct Naming Context:

By default “Configuration” should be listed.  If it is not right-click on ADSI Edit and select “Connect to”. Under “Connection Point” make sure “Configuration” is selected under the drop down menu of “Select a well known Naming Context:”. Click “Ok”

Perform the removal: (Exchange 2007/2010)

Navigate to the following path –> Configuration –> Services –> Microsoft Exchange –> First Organization –> Administrative Groups –> Exchange Administrative Group –> Servers

Once you are in the “Servers” container you can simply right-click the server and select “Delete”

For Exchange 2003 the path is very similar except for one container name:

Configuration –> Services –> Microsoft Exchange –> First Organization –> Administrative Groups –> First Administrative Group –> Servers

Refresh the server list in Server Manager/EMC and those old legacy servers should now be gone

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Written by thlnk3r

April 17, 2013 at 08:13

Posted in Uncategorized

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