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Uninstall Exchange 2010 without AD

July 26, 2013 at 20:27:00
Specs: Windows 7
Hello folks,

I have this test environment where I used to have AD, Exchange 2010 installed and working perfectly fine before. I didn't use this test lab for quite some time but I started using again today only.

Now interestingly, I can see Exchange Management Console and AD users and computers console in Start menu. However, when I try open AD users and computers console it opens with red cross on AD users and computers. There is no domain name, users or computers below where I can expand it. See attached. Even Server Manager does not show any AD role installed.

Naturally due to this I can't perform clean uninstall of Exchange as it can't contact AD, schema master etc. Gives me error "Active Directory does not exist or cannot be contacted"

How do I uninstall Exchange without AD functioning properly? Or how do I get AD working so I can uninstall Exchange 2010 cleanly?

Please note that this is test environment where I am using VMware workstation and both AD and Exchange are installed on same VM. I could just simply delete VM but I prefer to uninstall stuff cleanly.

Is there any way I can achieve this? thaks

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July 29, 2013 at 04:52:01
Did you make any changes to your Domain Controller?

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July 29, 2013 at 15:12:58
No changes have been made to DC.

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July 30, 2013 at 08:07:45
Was this a free download from MS? If so the trial has expired

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July 30, 2013 at 14:58:13
Yep I think so it has expired. So there is no way I can uninstall exchange now?

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