Removing Lync Server 2010

I was removing my Lync Server Test Deployment.


Its pretty easy.
Here's what I have done :


1. Start => All Programs => Microsoft Lync Server 2010 => Topology Builder.
Open the existing deployment in i.e. Published Topology in Topology Builder.
The topology Builder lists all the servers and their roles.
First of all, try to remove all the servers except the one you are removing Lync Server on, Manually.
Then Right Click the Site you wish to remove.
Under Publish Menu, Choose the "Remove Deployment" option.
This will open up the "Remove Deployment Wizard"
The wizard will Remove all the servers from the Topology Leaving some Required Servers back.
It will leave the server still in topology which has the Central Configuration Store And Local SQL RTC instance.
Then Publish this topology by Right Clicking the Site Publish => Publish Topology.
Then close the Topology Builder.


2. Open up the Lync Server Deployment Wizard from Start => All Programs => Lync Server 2010 => Deployment Wizard.
This will help us to Remove the components that we published Above.
Then Open Install or Remove Lync Server Components.
After completion of this wizard, All the Lync Server Roles are removed from the server.


3. Then open an elevated command prompt and Change your directory to <Installation directory>\Server\
Mine was D:\Program Files\Microsoft Lync server 2010\Server\
Then let the following command perform :


bootstrapper.exe /scorch


This will remove all OCS packages from the server.


4. Then remove "Lync Server Core Components" from Control Panel => Programs and Features


5. (Optional) Remove the SQL Server RTC instance from the server.


6. (Optional) Remove the following Groups from Active Directory :


CSAdministrator
CSArchivingAdministrator
CSHelpDesk
CSLocationAdministrator
CSResponseGroupAdministrator
CSServerAdministrator
CSUserAdministrator
CSViewOnlyAdministrator
CSVoiceAdministrator
RTCComponentUniversalServices
RTCHSUniversalServices
RTCProxyUniversalServices
RTCSBAUniversalServices
RTCUniversalConfigReplicator
RTCUniversalGlobalReadOnlyGroup
RTCUniversalGlobalWriteGroup
RTCUniversalReadOnlyAdmins
RTCUniversalSBATechnicians
RTCUniversalServerAdmins
RTCUniversalServerReadOnlyGroup
RTCUniversalUserAdmins
RTCUniversalUserReadOnlyGroup


7. Remove the installation directory that has only Web Components remaining.
Mine was D:\Program Files\Microsoft Lync Server 2010


Repeat same procedure for all Deployed Servers.
This is what I did for my Lync Removal, If anything's wrong please post here.
If this helped you, please post here.

Comments

  1. Very helpful, I noticed you didn't cover the removal from Active Directory Schema though :-(

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  2. My "bootstrapper.exe" was in "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Lync Server 2010\Deployment" folder

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  3. Hi, when trying to remove Lync Server Core Components" from Control Panel => Programs and Features, I am facing the following error.

    "Other applications may still be using Microsoft Lync Server 2010, COre Components. Uninstalling may cause these applications to no longer work."

    Please let me know what are these Other applications and what I need to do to close them.

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    1. Did you follow all steps above that?

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    2. You must follow removal step by step.
      Refer this nice post, its removal of OCS, it mentions same problem http://www.leedesmond.com/weblog/?p=554

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  4. I am following step by step. The run button under "setup or remove lync components" is grayed out.

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