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DAG Witness server is an ordinary server (not a member of dag or hosting any roles other than file share for dag). It can be a witness for multiple DAGs
Add witness server to Exchange Trusted Subsystem group (or ADD DOMAIN\Exchange Trusted Subsystem group as a member of .\Administrators group - net localgroup is useless in this case, because group name is longer than 20 charactrs)
To add a server to the Exchange Trusted Subsystem group
To add Exchange Trusted Subsystem group to local Administrators group
Note: You might need to disable the witness firewall netsh advfirewall set allprofiles state off
new-databaseavailabilitygroup -name dag01 -WitnessServer msp-dag01.contoso.local Add-DatabaseAvailabilityGroupServer -Identity dag01 -MailboxServer msp-exc01 Add-DatabaseAvailabilityGroupServer -Identity dag01 -MailboxServer msp-exc02 add-MailboxDatabaseCopy -Identity db01 -MailboxServer msp-exc02 add-MailboxDatabaseCopy -Identity db02 -MailboxServer msp-exc01
get-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup Get-MailboxDatabase | Format-List DatabaseCopies Remove-MailboxDatabaseCopy -Identity db01\MSP-EXC02 Remove-DatabaseAvailabilityGroupServer -Identity dag01 -MailboxServer msp-exc02 # or Remove-DatabaseAvailabilityGroupServer -Identity dag01 -MailboxServer msp-exc02.vag.local -ConfigurationOnly # or cluster dag01 node msp-exc01 /forcecleanup Remove-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup -Identity DAG1
Now you can remove your old entry from Active Directory forcefully, If you removed an Exchange server from your network without properly uninstalling it, either because you experimented with it on a test box or on a virtual machine, or simply because you didn’t know better, you may notice that the server continues to exist in the network’s Active Directory and shows up in the Exchange Management Console of your new exchange server.
The list of Exchange servers on the domain is stored in the Active Directory configuration. Following steps below to remove the obsolete server:
The Active Directory also stores information about the mailboxes that were located on the non-existent server. To remove these, perform the following steps in the ADSI Edit tool:
Make sure that you are not deleting working mailboxes from the list, if you delete any by mistake.
Now that the server is removed, some other settings need to be cleaned up as well. Perform the following additional steps on the domain controller:
If the computer was removed from the network altogether, you may also want to remove it from the Active Directory’s list of computers, as well as the DNS Server’s Forward Lookup Zones.
The DAG members in the primary datacenter must be forcibly evicted from the DAG's underlying cluster by running the following commands on each member:
net stop clussvc cluster <DAGName> node <DAGMemberName> /forcecleanup
The DAG members in the second datacenter must now be restarted and then used to complete the eviction process from the second datacenter. Stop the Cluster service on each DAG member in the second datacenter by running the following command on each member:
net stop clussvc
On a DAG member in the second datacenter, force a quorum start of the Cluster service by running the following command:
net start clussvc /forcequorum
Open the Failover Cluster Management tool and connect to the DAG's underlying cluster. Expand the cluster, and then expand Nodes. Right-click each node in the primary datacenter, select More Actions, and then select Evict. When you're done evicting the DAG members in the primary datacenter, close the Failover Cluster Management tool.