How to remove unlicenced Exchange servers
Hi there,Last year our company trialed Exchange 2007 on a box call 'mail'. Since then the 120 day trial has expired.Now we are running up an Exchange server to deploy which we have called 'server2008'.When we open the Exchange management console. It displays the following exchange servers are unlicenced;Mail - 0 Days remainingServer2008 - 119 Days remainingNow that we no-longer have the computer 'mail' on the network, how do we remove reference to it on our new Exchange server?As some of the new Exchange server settings have been automatically configured to reference 'mail' which is obviously not ideal.Thanks in advance,Jason.
June 25th, 2009 4:52am
HI, you can remove Old exchange server as you remove production server. First move that OLD Exchange server holds any mailboxes and public folders to another exchange server then remove Exchange serve using Add/Remove programs.Refer below TechNet Article How to Completely Remove Exchange 2007 from a Server====================================http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb123893.aspxRegardsChinthaka
June 25th, 2009 5:03am
Thanks for the quick reply.The challenge that I have is that I am pretty sure the reference to 'mail' is coming from the domain controller which is a separate server again.So, there is no reference to exchange in add/remove programs.Is there a registry key that can be deleted on the domain controller to get rid of the reference?Looking at the link that you supplied, this will get rid of exchange all together. So, I would like to keep exchange on my server called 'server2008' and remove the reference to the non-existant server 'mail'.Thanks for your patience :)
June 25th, 2009 5:10am
HI, Ohh, Did you remove your old Exchange 2007 server physically without proper remove?RegardsChinthaka
June 25th, 2009 5:14am
Yes, thats what the previous I.T. manager had done.
June 25th, 2009 5:15am
Hi,Given the current situation, the best way is to setup a new server, then use /m:recoverserver switch to recover the deleted server, then delete it in add/remove programs. How to Recover a Lost Exchange Server http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb123496.aspx Recovering an Exchange 2007 Server using the RecoverServer switch http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Recovering-Exchange-2007-Server-RecoverServer-switch.html a related thread for your reference: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/exchangesvrgeneral/thread/a8b67f9e-6925-4197-9b88-e856b05320b3Thanks, Elvis
June 25th, 2009 5:45am
Thats no a bad idea.I'll give that a try and keep you posted.Thanks so far guys!
June 25th, 2009 6:00am
Hi Jason, This is just to know everything going well. Please let us know if you have any concerns. RegardsChinthaka
June 26th, 2009 2:16pm