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Decommissioning Exchange 2003 Server from an Exchange 2010 Environment Public Folder issue RRS feed

  • Question

  • We recently introduced an Exchange 2010 server and now wanted to remove the old Exchange 2003 server.

    We've moved all mailboxes and Public Folders have replicated, this morning I tried to delete the Public Folder database from ESM 2003, it wouldnt allow it.

    Checking in ESM in the Public Folder Instances its still showing 2 folders, one is our Central Calendar, the other is OAB Version 2.

    I checked on the new Exchange and these are both replicated, checking in properties of both folders on ESM 2003 it shows only the new Exchange in the Replication tab.

    I have right clicked Public Folders and chosen 'Move All Replicas' which I did that 24 hours ago but still those 2 folders remain.

    Any thoughts?

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012 8:43 AM

Answers

  • 24 hours isn't really long enough to wait. I have seen it take longer.
    In some cases adding the replica back in again, waiting for the items to resync and then removing the replica will get it to move. Other times I have simply recreated the folders in question and deleted the original.

    Absolute worst case is dropping the store with adsiedit.msc, but only do that if the folders only exist in Instances and nowhere else.

    Simon.


    Simon Butler, Exchange MVP
    Blog | Exchange Resources | In the UK? Hire Me.

    • Marked as answer by HudsonManx Friday, May 18, 2012 8:36 AM
    Wednesday, May 16, 2012 11:12 PM

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  • The instances should be empty. Is it not letting you delete the central cal or the oab version 2?


    James Chong MCITP | EA | EMA; MCSE | M+, S+ Security+, Project+, ITIL msexchangetips.blogspot.com

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012 3:15 PM
  • 24 hours isn't really long enough to wait. I have seen it take longer.
    In some cases adding the replica back in again, waiting for the items to resync and then removing the replica will get it to move. Other times I have simply recreated the folders in question and deleted the original.

    Absolute worst case is dropping the store with adsiedit.msc, but only do that if the folders only exist in Instances and nowhere else.

    Simon.


    Simon Butler, Exchange MVP
    Blog | Exchange Resources | In the UK? Hire Me.

    • Marked as answer by HudsonManx Friday, May 18, 2012 8:36 AM
    Wednesday, May 16, 2012 11:12 PM
  • After 3 days decided to drop the store using ADSIedit.
    Friday, May 18, 2012 8:25 AM
  • Hi All,

    I have the similar issue. I have moved all mailboxes and Public Folders to Exchange 2010. Now I can see only Default & Microsoft Schema root folder in ESM 2003 however I was not able to delete Public Folder Store.

    Any help.

    Regards


    Ganga

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012 7:44 PM
  • HI All,

    I have resolved the issue.

    1. From your Exchange server or Domain Controller, go to Start, Run, 
    ADSIEDIT.MSC Click Ok. (ADSIEDIT is part of your Windows 2000\2003 
    Support Tools found on the CD) 

    Expand the Configuration Container. 

    CN=Services 
    CN=Microsoft Exchange 
    CN=Your Exchange Org 
    CN=Administrative Group 
    CN=First Administrative Group 

    Highlight CN=Public Folder Storage,CN=Folder Hierarchies. 

    On the right pane, highlight CN=Public Folders and select remove it.

    Regards


    Ganga

    • Proposed as answer by Gangaiyan Tuesday, June 12, 2012 11:01 PM
    Tuesday, June 12, 2012 11:01 PM