Exchange Management Console – Initialization failed after renaming/removing a server

Posted on Monday, November 1st, 2010 at 12:49 am in

After renaming a server and reinstalling Exchange 2010 i got the following error while launching EMC: The following error occurred while attempting to connect to the specified Exchange server ÔÇÜ<OLD SERVERNAME’.

The problem was that EMC still tries to connect to the old server name, and I found no option to specify the new one.

So I looked around in the Registry and TaTa, there is one value which still includes the old value. Just too bad that it’s a Binary value. So if you want you can also just rename the server to the new and right value. The easier solution (which I did) is just deleting the value “NodeStructureSettings“.

BTW: It’s within the following Hive: HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Exchangeserver\v14\AdminTools

After firing up EMC again it will discover the local Exchange Installation again and running fine again J

BTW: With EMS (├áPowerShell) you won’t get this error 😉


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  1. Robert G - November 3, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Thanks a bunch for this posting. I had been searching for this answer for a few days and I ran in to your posting this morning and it worked perfectly.

  2. Pietro - February 3, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Thanks a lot for this posting. Perfect solution after remove Exchange 2010 CAS server.

  3. Teddy - June 8, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Thanks your post, it solved my problem 2!

  4. Rahul - July 6, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Your article helped me a lot. I was whacking my head trying the find the key.

  5. Drew - August 9, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Thanks for the tip! For me, the discovery found an old exchange 2003 server (shown in eventvwr). Deleting the reg key did not work since it re-discovered the same machine. I found I could export the key you mentioned from my Exch 2010 box and import it to my Win7 PC with the management console installed.

  6. Kev - September 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    legend! thanks matey 🙂

  7. Mohammed Ahmed - December 4, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Thanks a Million Sir

    RESPECT ! ! !

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