Solved Removing exchange server from Windows Server 2003

July 31, 2013 at 13:17:10
Specs: Windows Server 2003, Celeron/ 4 gb RAM
I have recently re-installed Windows Server 2003 when we upgraded our hard drives to add capacity for our growing business. We don't use the server for email handling. Those who use email use an outside provider and we rout that email through the network without Windows Server getting involved. Can I remove Exchange server from the install to free up HD space and resources? This grew out of my partitioning only 10Gb for the operating system which has become problematic at this point.

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August 5, 2013 at 07:10:14
Gotcha.

I would before doing anything, take an image of your server if its important. If you dont have any imaging software, like Acronis.. Make sure you take a full backup with NT Backup, make SURE it has your system state. Full backups have everything in them. I am assuming it is, since its SBS, probably housing your DC, files, etc. I have successfully removed removed exchange from SBS 2000 & 2003 (live) without issue, and they were configured and migrated (from 2000 to 2010, yea that was fun) prior to removal.

Alternatively (if you don't want to risk the removal of exchange), because of your low OS partition space, you could always expand your OS partition with software like Disk Director. Again I would recommend an image or FULL backup prior to doing anything so you can restore your server quickly if needed. Something you may even need to do eventually anyways depending on what you do with that server.

Removal of Exchange will be within ADD/REMOVE programs and will require SBS 2003 server Disc 2

GL!

www.standby-it.com

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July 31, 2013 at 16:46:41
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...

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#2
August 1, 2013 at 05:24:41
Thank you Guapo. I read the technet article before posting the question but my question goes more to the function of exchange server. Does it serve any other purpose than email routing etc. that may cause problems for me if I uninstall it?

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August 1, 2013 at 08:56:09
I never had the pleasure of uninstalling exchange but I don't see why it would cause any other problems. The forum members at www.minasi.com may have a more detailed answer for you, if you want to register there.

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August 3, 2013 at 10:40:37
What flavor of Server 2003 are you running? Standard with Exchange installed? SBS with the exchange role installed?
Has exchange ever been configured?

I have successfully removed the exchange roles, but would like more information to clarify the answer better.

Thanks.

Thanks for any input.


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August 5, 2013 at 04:21:28
We are running Windows SBS Server 2003 with about 15 seats. I recently refurbished our old Dell Power Edge SC 420 swapping our 250 Gb HD for a 1 Tb and installing 4 Gb of RAM. It has a Celeron processor and is a 32-bit system. When I re-installed the server software I didn't pay enough attention ( I have only done this twice now in the last 10 years) and installed Exchange needlessly. Exchange is not configured as far as I remember. We do not have internal email and outside email is handled by a DSL modem through a router hooked up to our main switch. I believe we would have email access even if the server is powered down.

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August 5, 2013 at 07:10:14
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Gotcha.

I would before doing anything, take an image of your server if its important. If you dont have any imaging software, like Acronis.. Make sure you take a full backup with NT Backup, make SURE it has your system state. Full backups have everything in them. I am assuming it is, since its SBS, probably housing your DC, files, etc. I have successfully removed removed exchange from SBS 2000 & 2003 (live) without issue, and they were configured and migrated (from 2000 to 2010, yea that was fun) prior to removal.

Alternatively (if you don't want to risk the removal of exchange), because of your low OS partition space, you could always expand your OS partition with software like Disk Director. Again I would recommend an image or FULL backup prior to doing anything so you can restore your server quickly if needed. Something you may even need to do eventually anyways depending on what you do with that server.

Removal of Exchange will be within ADD/REMOVE programs and will require SBS 2003 server Disc 2

GL!

www.standby-it.com

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August 5, 2013 at 07:23:47
Thanks jpag3074. That covers just about everything. Thanks again to all.

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