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How to Force Uninstall/Removal of Exchange Server 2013 via ADSI-Edit

Warning: This procedure is not recommended if Exchange Server is intended to be installed again at any time in the future. If you have suffered a failed installation or need to remove Exchange in order to install it over again, we suggest re-installing the server and installing on a fresh system.

How to Force Remove Exchange Server 2013

We will perform the core removal from ADSI-Edit. Log in to your Exchange host server as a domain Administrator, and open ADSI-Edit.

Navigate to the following paths:

CN=Configuration,DC=DOMAIN,DC=LOCAL
CN=Services
->; DELETE
CN=Microsoft Exchange
CN=Microsoft Exchange Autodiscover

CN=Default naming context,DC=DOMAIN,DC=LOCAL
->; DELETE
CN=Microsoft Exchange Security Groups
CN=Microsoft Exchange Security Objects

Next, delete the Exchange Server installation folder from your hard drive. Locate and delete the folder:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server

Next, open IIS Manager and delete both the Exchange Back End and Front End websites.

 

Finally, open regedit and locate the following keys to delete:

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\ExchangeServer

HKLM\CurrentControlSet\Services\MSExchange*

This article applies to Exchange Server 2013 running on:

  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
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