Thursday, 11 June 2009

SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 Migrations – Exchange 2003 Uninstall Step is a Must!

One of the last steps to conclude the migration process is to remove the Routing Group Connectors.

From there, it is absolutely essential that Exchange 2003 be uninstalled from the SBS 2003 server!

Make sure to have disk 2 handy for the Exchange uninstall as the files in the Exchsrvr65 folder will be requested during the process.

From there we DCPromo the old SBS 2003 box to remove Active Directory.

The SBS server we are working on has not had all of the redirected folders moved over to the new SBS 2008 box yet. So, we will leave it alone as a member server until early next week when we will Workgroup it and then clean up SBS 2008’s DNS, Active Directory, and remove any legacy settings where required.

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

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Anonymous said...

When the sbs 2003 server is demoted to member server, can it stay in the network as a member server for longer than the 21 day grace period?

Philip Elder SBS MVP said...


The straight answer is no.

If the server is to be used for something else, Open Value Licensing with Software Assurance is one of the better deals for small to medium businesses.

Philip said...

Having problems with uninstalling exchange. It's not available in my add/remove programs unless I click show updates and then when I highlight it it doesn't have remove next to it.

Is there another way to rid the network of the legacy exchange server?

Philip Elder SBS MVP said...


You uninstall it via Add/Remove --> SBS --> Change --> Uninstall Exchange.

It is a component of SBS, therefore it will be found there.

Our SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 Migration Guide.

Note that you will need the SBS install disk with the Exchange install directory to remove Exchange from the source server.


mckracker said...

What if I already demoted the server? I did not remove exchange 2003. What can I do now? Public folders do not work.