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Old 06-14-2011, 10:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
ClevelandITGuy
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Default Removing Exchange 2003 from BES 5.0.3

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Hi all,

Got a few questions to bounce off everyone before I start rippin' stuff out and take down my network...

The previous network admin installed BES (v4 at the time) on our sole Exchange2K3 box, and it's worked successfully for many years. Currently BES is at 5.0.3.3.

I have since taken over, and have upgraded our infrastructure, installing a Server08R2 box running Hyper-V, and have Exchange2010 as one of the Vm's. I've moved everyone over to the E2010 box, changed the MAPI profile in the BB Server Configuration utility...I've even gone as far as configuring E2010 and BES (which is still on the old E2K3 box) to communicate using EWS, as opposed to CDO...but here's my dilema. I'm ready to uninstall E2K3 from the old box, and leave BES running on it, however, I was attempting to see what would happen if I stopped all the Exchange services on the old box, and when I got to the ExchangeIS service, I got a message that if the IS service is stopped, the Blackberry Synchronization Service, Policy Service, and Dispatcher would also stop. Kinda threw a flag, as I believe the those 3 BES services are required for BES to function, however, I'm not even using this Exchange server currently. Anyone have any idea what the implications of uninstalling Exchange from this BES box? Would BES automagically reconfigure itself if Exchange was "uninstalled" as opposed to the services just being stopped? Food for thought, as I'm in no hurry to get this removed, but I WOULD like to get it removed eventually...just to tidy things up...

Thanks in advance!
-ClevelandITGuy
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