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Problems removing first Exchange 2003 Server

By |2017-12-08T14:34:15+00:00August 23rd, 2010|Exchange|0 Comments

Recently had a problem un-installing the first Exchange 2003 Server in the organisation even after moving off all the Users, Offline Address Book, removing the RUS etc. etc.

“One or more users currently use this mailbox store. These users must be moved to a different mailbox store or be mail disabled before deleting this store”.

Doing an AD Search for Exchange recipients and either sorting by the Exchange Server I want to remove or explicitly searching for Exchange Home Server came up with nothing….. hmmm

Tried running an advanced AD find and hey presto, it found two users that seem to have some details of once being enabled on that Exchange Server. Once I had removed the Exchange attributes from those accounts I could un-install Exchange.

Here is how to perform the advanced search:

  1. In Active Directory Users and Computers right-click your domain and choose ‘Find’
  2. Click ‘Advanced’ and then choose ‘User’ from the Field menu
  3. Now choose ‘Exchange Home Server’ from the list.
  4. Set the condition to ‘Ends With’ and type the name of your Exchange Server
  5. Click ‘Find’

Good luck

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