How to Remove Exchange 2007 from a computer

I had some issues with Exchange and after messing with it a lot I decided it was better to remove it and start from a fresh installation. Unfortunately I ran into several issues:

  1. I had Connectors, and you can't really delete those from the management console as far as I could tell. I went ahead and opened System Manager on my Windows 2003 // Exchange 2003 box and was able to see them and delete them
  2. Public Folder: You can't remove Exchange 2007 until all public folders and replicas are removed from the store… and even after you do that, it wouldn't let me. I found that (on this website: http://telnetport25.wordpress.com/2007/08/21/quick-tip-removing-exchange-2007-error-with-public-folder-replicas/) using adsi edit worked. I just removed the entry on: "CN=First Storage Group,CN=InformationStore,CN=<Your Server>,CN=Servers,CN=Exchange Administrative Group (FYDIBOHF23SPDLT),CN=Administrative Groups,CN=<Your Organisation>,CN=Microsoft Exchange,CN=Services,CN=Configuration,DC=<your Domain>,DC=<dot Com>" corresponding to my public folder store as I didn't have the other ones and the uninstall worked

Once you are done with that, simply follow the instructions microsoft provides on: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927464 and you'll be set

oh, btw, you can download and read more about ADSI edit on: http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/ebca3324-5427-471a-bc19-9aa1decd3d401033.mspx?mfr=true

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