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How can I decommission an Exchange 2000 server?

Hi, Scott. Here is a funny question, as it seems no one has written an article on this subject. I want to decommission...

an Exchange 2000 server, and I would like to know the correct way to do it. This server was installed last year and worked fine until it ran out of hard drive space. I built a new server with 400% more space and migrated all mailboxes and public store items to the new server. All services on the new server are working great -- now I would like to get out of ADS.

I have searched everywhere possible, and there is not one reference on "how to decommission an Exchange 2000 server." Do you have any information on this subject?
If this Exchange 2000 server happened to be the first Exchange 2000 server in its site, then you can follow the process documented in Microsoft Knowledge Base article 307917 -- XADM: How to Remove the First Exchange 2000 Server Computer from the Site. If it was not the first server in the site, then generally the process is as follows:

  1. Move all mailboxes to a new server.

  2. Rehome all public folders. You can find instructions for how to do this in Microsoft Knowledge Base article 288150 -- XADM: How to Rehome Public Folders in Exchange 2000.

  3. Rehome any connectors on the box.

    If you run into any problems, you can manually remove an Exchange 2000 installation by following the procedure documented in article 260378 -- XADM: How to Manually Remove an Exchange 2000 Installation and article 278918 -- XADM: How To Manually Remove a Single Exchange-based Server from Active Directory.

This was last published in August 2003

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