Wednesday , August 12 2020

Could not find any global catalog while Exchange server removal

Couldn’t remove a Disaster Recovery site exchange server. Where no active directory servers exist. Which belongs to a old setup.


  • Setup Encountered while validating the state of Active Directory : Could not find any Global Catalog in the forest.
  • Setup cannot continue with the uninstall because the “beremote” () process (ID 4604) has open files . Close the process and restart setup.
  • Uninstall cannot Continue : Database ‘Mailbox Database 1684381753’ Could not find any Global Catalog in the forest.


Solution –

– Added a static registry to a site which is accessible and active _

Run regedit.exe from the command line or Start ? Run.

Expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE ? SYSTEM ? CurrentControlSet ? Services ? Netlogon ? Parameters.
Key: Syetem\CurrentControlSet\Services\Netlogon\Parameters

Right-click on Parameters and select New ? String Value.
Name: SiteName
Type: REG_SZ

Enter SiteName for the name.
Double-click on the new value, enter the name of the site under Value data, and click OK.

Value: After adding the above registry entry, the DynamicSiteName value is ignored. DC Locator Service always uses the value stored in SiteName registry entry to query the domain controllers in that site.

– Killed beremote forest.


Re ran the uninstallation . It succeeded.

About Satheshwaran Manoharan

Satheshwaran Manoharan is an Microsoft Office Server and Services MVP , Publisher of Specialized in Office365 / Microsoft Exchange / Virtualization , Sathesh is an Messaging Expert supporting/Designing/Deploying many medium size businesses to large enterprises when it comes to Corporate messaging and Virtualization Infrastructure

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