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  • Hi everyone,

    I have been trying to migrate my exchange 2003 PF to Exchange 2010 most of them have replicated but i have 2 that don't seem to want to move

    that status says both modified how can add the replicas back to force it to synchronize these 2 folders so i can finally remove the old PF database and uninstall exchange 2003

    any guidance would be greatly appreciated

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012 7:49 PM

Answers

  • Hi JoesterS80,

    As far as best way to know if replication completed, we could rely on looking at the number of items in the local public folder store for each PF and compare both source and destination store.

    On Exchange 2003 server, we could find the Total Items in “Public Folders”, like below:

    And on Exchange 2010, we could get the items of all folders by running following command:

    Get-PublicFolderStatistics -Server “server name” | FT name,TotalItemSize,ItemCount

    If we find the items are same from two servers, it means the replication of this folder has finished.

    If they are not equal, please try to force the replication of these two folders:

    1. Open ESM.

    2. Expand theFolders container

    3. Expand thePublic Folder tree.

    4. Right-click the folder and select All Tasks and then Resend changes. (choose the source server and destination server).

    Then we may need to wait some time for the replication. If nothing changes, an easy method we could perform is to export the contents of these 2 public folders on Exchange 2003 to .PST file using outlook and import .PST to Exchange 2010 server.

    Thanks,

    Da Xu

    • Edited by Da XuModerator Thursday, August 9, 2012 5:13 AM
    • Marked as answer by Da XuModerator Tuesday, August 14, 2012 3:21 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by JoesterS80 Monday, August 20, 2012 7:06 PM
    • Marked as answer by JoesterS80 Monday, August 20, 2012 7:06 PM
    Thursday, August 9, 2012 5:09 AM
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  • Only 2? Are these user public folders and not system?

    If so, I would simply export them to a pst from Outlook, create new ones on the 2010 side, import them back and delete the original folders.

    • Proposed as answer by Jamestechman Tuesday, August 7, 2012 8:52 PM
    Tuesday, August 7, 2012 8:01 PM
  • On Tue, 7 Aug 2012 19:49:46 +0000, JoesterS80 wrote:
     
    >I have been trying to migrate my exchange 2003 PF to Exchange 2010 most of them have replicated but i have 2 that don't seem to want to move
    >
    >that status says both modified how can add the replicas back to force it to synchronize these 2 folders so i can finally remove the old PF database and uninstall exchange 2003
    >
    >
    >
    >any guidance would be greatly appreciated
     
    Try using PFDAVADMIN on the 2003 folders. Select the folder,
    right-click and pick "Remove item-level permissions". That will
    "touch" every item in the folder and force them to replicate.
     
    Both replicas have to agree that they have identical contents before
    the "source" replica can be deleted. Sometimes there's a out-of-whack
    value on one of the items and the "target" folder never gets told by
    the "source" folder it's there.
     
    ---
    Rich Matheisen
    MCSE+I, Exchange MVP
     

    --- Rich Matheisen MCSE+I, Exchange MVP
    Wednesday, August 8, 2012 1:12 AM
  • Hey Guys,

    thanks for the quick response...when i look at the ESM i only see 2 folders left in the Publick Folder Instances...does that matter?

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012 2:26 AM
  • On Wed, 8 Aug 2012 02:26:29 +0000, JoesterS80 wrote:
     
    >thanks for the quick response...when i look at the ESM i only see 2 folders left in the Publick Folder Instances...does that matter?
     
    Probably. Try the PFDAVADMIN thing. You really don't want any "ghost"
    folders.
     
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/842273
    http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2006/01/17/417611.aspx
    http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2006/01/19/417737.aspx
    http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2006/01/23/417974.aspx
    http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2008/01/10/3404629.aspx
     
    ---
    Rich Matheisen
    MCSE+I, Exchange MVP
     

    --- Rich Matheisen MCSE+I, Exchange MVP
    Wednesday, August 8, 2012 3:03 AM
  • i am getting these to errors in the eventlogs?

    maybe related and why these 2 PF won't sync over to 2010?

    any ideas about these

    1. 

    Error initializing session for virtual machine EXCH2003. The error number is 0x8004011d. Make sure Microsoft Exchange Store is running.

    For more information, click http://www.microsoft.com/contentredirect.

    2.

    The MAPI call 'OpenMsgStore' failed with the following error:

    The attempt to log on to the Microsoft Exchange Server computer has failed.

    The MAPI provider failed.

    Microsoft Exchange Server Information Store

    ID no: 8004011d-0512-00000000

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012 12:22 PM
  • Hi JoesterS80,

    As far as best way to know if replication completed, we could rely on looking at the number of items in the local public folder store for each PF and compare both source and destination store.

    On Exchange 2003 server, we could find the Total Items in “Public Folders”, like below:

    And on Exchange 2010, we could get the items of all folders by running following command:

    Get-PublicFolderStatistics -Server “server name” | FT name,TotalItemSize,ItemCount

    If we find the items are same from two servers, it means the replication of this folder has finished.

    If they are not equal, please try to force the replication of these two folders:

    1. Open ESM.

    2. Expand theFolders container

    3. Expand thePublic Folder tree.

    4. Right-click the folder and select All Tasks and then Resend changes. (choose the source server and destination server).

    Then we may need to wait some time for the replication. If nothing changes, an easy method we could perform is to export the contents of these 2 public folders on Exchange 2003 to .PST file using outlook and import .PST to Exchange 2010 server.

    Thanks,

    Da Xu

    • Edited by Da XuModerator Thursday, August 9, 2012 5:13 AM
    • Marked as answer by Da XuModerator Tuesday, August 14, 2012 3:21 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by JoesterS80 Monday, August 20, 2012 7:06 PM
    • Marked as answer by JoesterS80 Monday, August 20, 2012 7:06 PM
    Thursday, August 9, 2012 5:09 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi JoesterS80,

    How are things going? We appreciate an update on the status of the issue.

    Thanks,

    Da Xu
    Monday, August 13, 2012 9:35 AM
    Moderator
  • It exported the contents out of those 2 folders and removed permissions from the users accessing them.  I then imported them into a resource mailbox since that is what is was really used as.

    so i created a new mailbox on the old server and deleted those 2 PF thinking it would only delete it from the old PF store location but when i logged into my exchange 2010 environment it was gone too.

    so right now under Public Folder Instances it is empty and Public Folders it is empty

    Replication Status shows Public Folder Hirarchy and System Configuration both showing 4 replicas and Local Modified is this something i need to change?

    Monday, August 13, 2012 5:10 PM
  • Hi JoesterS80,

    Glad to know you have successfully exported/imported those two folders.

    When you delete those 2 folders, it is normal they disappeared from your entire system. Because folder information is linked to Public Folder Hierarchy, and each organization could only have one Public Folder Hierarchy. The hierarchy replicates between all public folder databases in the organization.

    Now, if nothing left in Public Folder Instances, it also means the replication completed.

    Please don’t worry about “Replication Status” of Public Folder Hierarchy and System Configuration. Usually, we don’t refer to them when replicate public folders.

    Thanks,

    Da Xu

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012 3:21 AM
    Moderator
  • Thank you everyone for your assistance.  I appreciate it all the help.

    so on the exchange 2003 side is it safe to delete the public folder store? or will it remove it from the entire organization?  I am trying to uninstall exchange 2003

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012 12:29 PM
  • Hi JoesterS80,

    Yes, you can go ahead to remove the public folder store on Exchange 2003 server.

    To uninstall the Exchange 2003 server, you can refer to following article:

    Remove the Last Legacy Exchange Server from an Exchange 2010 Organization

    Thanks,

    Da Xu

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012 2:04 AM
    Moderator
  • Thanks I have been looking at that.  the 1 thing that confuses me is that i have 2 more exchange 2003 servers that need to be decomissioned all in the same exchange organization. 

    the first server everything has been moved from it.  I have 1 more SG to remove which are disabled users and i am going to delete.

    basically my set up is like this

    AD

    Forest...

     CHild Domain A  has Mail server A (needs to be decomissioned now) 

    Child domain B   has Mail Server B  (will be migrated in next few weeks)

    Child Domain C  has Mail Server C  will be migrated in next few months)

    Child Domain D  has new Exchange 2010 environment

    If i follow this document to remove last legacy exchange organization will it not affect the other sites? in that same forest?

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012 1:09 PM
  • Hi JoesterS80,

    Child domain means same forest. Please refer to following article to remove your other two Exchange 2003 servers.

    How to Uninstall Exchange Server 2003

    In order to avoid confusion and keep track of troubleshooting steps, we usually troubleshoot one issue per thread in order to find a resolution efficiently. So, if the articles cannot help, I suggest you create a new post.

    Thanks,

    Da Xu

    Thursday, August 16, 2012 3:38 AM
    Moderator
  • Thanks for all of your help.  I appreciate the time and effort.
    Monday, August 20, 2012 7:07 PM