How to Remove a DAG Member in Exchange Server 2013 – A Worthy Solution
Sometimes while accessing Exchange Server 2013, end users may face a situation in which they have to remove one of the server from DAG in order to accomplish their tasks.
Therefore, in this blog we are going to discuss about a measure to remove a DAG member in Exchange Server 2013 from server environment.
TIP: If users simply try to uninstall the DAG member, then they will encounter an error during the procedure.
To delete a DAG member in Exchange Server 2013, there exists a three-step solution to perform the same.
Step 1: Removal of Database Copies
This procedure involves the elimination of database copies. For doing such, there exist following two measures:
For removing the server from DAG, users will first have to keep their server as a standalone server hosting database and then remove different copies of database from other DAG members.
One will have to remove complete database copies from the server (which is to be uninstalled), in order to successfully uninstall Exchange 2013
User can make use of any one of the two discussed scenarios to perform their elimination procedure. For instance, here we are going to follow second approach for removing DAG member with help of following steps:
- In the Exchange Admin Center, go to Server >> Databases for selecting a database, which has a database copy on server in order to perform removal of database copies
NOTE: All the database should not be in an active mode.
2. Now click on Database tab and select the database by clicking upon it
Click on Remove option to perform copies elimination
TIP: By using PowerShell cmdlets, you can remove multiple database copies at a time. However, this cmdlet will not work if database copies are in active mode.
Step 2: Server Removal From DAG
Second step involves removal of server from database availability groups. To do so, go through the following steps:
In EAC, go to Servers >> Database Availablity Groups and select the DAG.
After performing selection procedure, click on button to enable manage DAG membership option
Now select the name of the server from drop-down menu and then click on Remove button
For successful completion of removal procedure, click on Save button
TIP: Users can also make use of PowerShell cmdlets for such removal
Step 3: Removal of Exchange 2013
After removing the database copies and server from DAG, users can now finally remove Exchange 2013 without encountering any error. To do so, go to the Control Panel of your machine and uninstall the Microsoft Exchange Server 2013.
The blog illustrates that how to remove a DAG member in Exchange Server 2013 in a customized manner. The database should be inactive in order to perform removal operation. If end users perform the steps correctly, then they will be comfortably be able to perform their removal task.
Tej Pratap Shukla