Okay,

There are 2 machines.

First machine is a 2000 Server Domain Controller.

Second machine is a 2000 Server with Exchange 2000 on there.

If I reinstall the Operating System on the Second Machine
but give it the same name as before, and I install Exchange
2000 on there once again, what residual things are left behind
on the Domain Controller, from the Original install of EX2K on the
Second machine?

This is all I want to know.

Thanks all for your patience with me :)

Mike

-----Original Message-----
From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]On Behalf Of Kevin Miller
Sent: Friday, January 04, 2002 12:24 AM
To: Exchange Discussions
Subject: RE: More Exchange Help (this is just not my day...)


I have a big smile on right now. But you know have such a great attitude
and enthusiasm, Lets see what we can do to help.

Go check these out, and call us back when you are done.

Exchange uninstall
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q260378
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q273478

--Kevinm M, WLKMMAS, UCC+WCA, And Beyond
Drive thru Admin, Would you like Fries with that?


-----Original Message-----
From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]] On Behalf Of Michael
Anderson
Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2002 10:02 PM
To: Exchange Discussions
Subject: More Exchange Help (this is just not my day...)
Importance: High


Hello All,

After all the problems that you've all seen me have, I went and did a
complete reinstall of the Exchange Server.  I mean - everything, like
reformatting the drives, reinstalling 2000 Server, and the whole
9-yards.

What I wanted to do, is take snapshots of a pre-Exchange 2000 Installed
system - so I can compare all of the changes that take place when you
install the EX2K server.

And NOW, I can't even install the Exchange 2000 Server software! - I can
select the Topmost Component in the Installation Menu and select
"Custom".  Then sub tree items like "Microsoft Exchange Messaging &
Collaboration Services" gives me the following error message when I try
to check off the "Install" option:

        "The component 'Microsoft Exchange Messaging & Collaboration
      Services' cannot be assigned 'Install' because:  A server object
      for this server 'Exchange' already exists in the Administrative
      Group 'First Administrative Group'.  You must either remove this
      server object before installing, or run Setup with the 'Disaster
      Recovery' switch if you are attempting this server."

Should I just shoot myself right now?  Just for kicks, I tried the
Disaster Recovery option, and then the install kicked off again, 
selected that Option, then it gave me a new error message saying that I
need to run the Domain Prep crap - blah blah blah...  So I tried that,
it ran fine, then ran the install again, then errored out again!

What the heck is it finding?  It HAS to be something left behind from
the previous Exchange 2000 Install - on the 2000 Server Domain
Controller because it's impossible to have anything left on the old box
because it was ALL BLOWN AWAY.

Using Active Directory Administrator on the Domain Controller, I deleted
the 2 Exchange Specific Groups that were created from the last EX2K
Server Install figuring that's what the Error Message was referring to,
but that didn't fix the problem.

Does anybody have any ideas as to what I need to do, in order to perform
a 100% Fresh EX2K install on a Fresh Windows 2000 Server?  At this
point, I am painfully remembering WHY I avoided using Exchange over the
past several years.

I am NOT giving up though - I really need to get this working, and I
hate spending entire days, on attempting to get some of the most basic
features of the software running, before I can get into all the fun
stuff - like actually adding users, virtual domains, tweaking and
optimizing - you know, actually USING the software for it's intended
purpose before I get my butt fired???

I am a very frustrated person right now ... ugghhhhh

Thanks in advance for all your expertise,

Mike


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