How to Remove an Exchange Virtual Server Using Cluster Administrator


Topic Last Modified: 2005-05-04

To remove an Exchange Virtual Server in Exchange 2003, you must use the appropriate shortcut menu option in Cluster Administrator. Trying to remove the server by just deleting the Exchange System Attendant resource does not work. If you delete the Exchange System Attendant, you must re-create it, and then correctly delete the Exchange Virtual Server. This procedure describes how to remove an Exchange Virtual Server using Cluster Administrator.

Before you start managing your Exchange cluster, you may want to review what constitutes an Exchange Virtual Server and its associated Exchange resources. You may also want to become more familiar with Cluster Administrator—the primary tool used to configure and manage clusters.

Before performing the cluster administration tasks outlined in this chapter, you must be familiar with the clustering concepts described in "Checklist: Preparation for installing a cluster" in the Microsoft Windows Server™ 2003 Enterprise Edition Online Help and in the Windows Server 2003 Technical Reference.

Also, make sure that you are familiar with "Using Server Clustering" in Planning an Exchange Server 2003 Messaging System and with "Deploying Exchange 2003 in a Cluster," in the Exchange Server 2003 Deployment Guide.

  1. In Cluster Administrator, in the console tree, select Groups.

  2. In the details pane, right-click the Exchange Virtual Server that you want to remove, and then click Remove Exchange Virtual Server.

  3. In the Microsoft Exchange Cluster Administrator Extension dialog box, click Yes to delete the Exchange Virtual Server and all resources that are either directly or indirectly dependent on the Exchange System Attendant resource.

    Warning when removing an Exchange Virtual Server


    Clicking Yes also removes the Exchange Virtual Server information from Active Directory; the physical disk, the IP Address, and Network Name resources remain.

For more information about this procedure, see Managing Mailbox Stores and Public Folder Stores.


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