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Remove orphaned System Public Folders

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  • Is there a way to delete / remove the System Public Folders entirely from a single serve Exchange 2010 org?

    I migrated from an Exchange 2007 server that would not gracefully uninstall so I am left with my Public Folders all working great, but a number of legacy System Public Folders.

    Running get-publicfolder \non_ipm_subtree -recurse shows a number of folders like EFORMS REGISTRY and Events Root etc.

    Running get-publicfolder \non_ipm_subtree -recurse | remove-publicfolder

    gives me errors like "Modification of the ... folder isn't allowed" or "Cannot delete the object"

    Any way to force this?

    thanks!

    Tuesday, May 14, 2013 10:16 PM

Answers

  • On Tue, 14 May 2013 22:16:39 +0000, Ross A Biddle wrote:
     
    >
    >
    >Is there a way to delete / remove the System Public Folders entirely from a single serve Exchange 2010 org?
    >
    >I migrated from an Exchange 2007 server that would not gracefully uninstall so I am left with my Public Folders all working great, but a number of legacy System Public Folders.
    >
    >Running get-publicfolder \non_ipm_subtree -recurse shows a number of folders like EFORMS REGISTRY and Events Root etc.
    >
    >Running get-publicfolder \non_ipm_subtree -recurse | remove-publicfolder
    >
    >gives me errors like "Modification of the ... folder isn't allowed" or "Cannot delete the object"
    >
    >Any way to force this?
     
    "EFORMS REGISTRY" is just a placeholder, it's not public folder (the
    "Organizational Forms" public folder(s) in this part of the
    hierarchy).
     
    The same is true of "Events root", "SCHEDULE+ FREE BUSY", and others.
     
    ---
    Rich Matheisen
    MCSE+I, Exchange MVP
     

    --- Rich Matheisen MCSE+I, Exchange MVP
    Thursday, May 16, 2013 2:10 AM

All replies

  • Hello Ross,

    In some cases you are forced to hard-remove public folders from Exchange. You can use ADSI Edit to delete these folders.

    Exchange 2010

    Open ADSI-Edit and got to configuration

    Navigate to this path:

    CN=Configuration,DC=DOMAIN,DC=LOCAL
    CN=Services
    CN=Microsoft Exchange
    CN=EXCHANGE_ORG
    CN=Administrative Groups
    CN=Exchange Administrative Group (FYDIBOHF23SPDLT)
    CN=Databases
    CN=PUBLIC_FOLDER_DATABASE

    Now you can delete the PF-Database you want to get rid off.

    Exchange 2007

    Open ADSI-Edit and got to configuration

    Navigate to this path:

    CN=Configuration,DC=DOMAIN,DC=LOCAL
    CN=Services
    CN=Microsoft Exchange
    CN=EXCHANGE_ORG
    CN=Administrative Groups
    CN=Exchange Administrative Group (FYDIBOHF23SPDLT)
    CN=Servers
    CN=SERVERNAME
    CN=InformationStore
    CN=STORAGE_GROUP
    CN=PUBLIC_FOLDER_DATABASE

    Now you can delete the PF-Database you want to get rid off.

    Exchange 2003

    Open ADSI-Edit and got to configuration

    Navigate to this path:

    CN=Configuration,DC=DOMAIN,DC=LOCAL
    CN=Services
    CN=Microsoft Exchange
    CN=EXCHANGE_ORG
    CN=Administrative Groups
    CN=First administrative Group
    CN=Servers
    CN=SERVERNAME
    CN=InformationStore
    CN=STORAGE_GROUP
    CN=PUBLIC_FOLDER_DATABASE

    Now you can delete the PF-Database you want to get rid off.


    Tuesday, May 14, 2013 10:18 PM
  • On Tue, 14 May 2013 22:16:39 +0000, Ross A Biddle wrote:
     
    >
    >
    >Is there a way to delete / remove the System Public Folders entirely from a single serve Exchange 2010 org?
    >
    >I migrated from an Exchange 2007 server that would not gracefully uninstall so I am left with my Public Folders all working great, but a number of legacy System Public Folders.
    >
    >Running get-publicfolder \non_ipm_subtree -recurse shows a number of folders like EFORMS REGISTRY and Events Root etc.
    >
    >Running get-publicfolder \non_ipm_subtree -recurse | remove-publicfolder
    >
    >gives me errors like "Modification of the ... folder isn't allowed" or "Cannot delete the object"
    >
    >Any way to force this?
     
    "EFORMS REGISTRY" is just a placeholder, it's not public folder (the
    "Organizational Forms" public folder(s) in this part of the
    hierarchy).
     
    The same is true of "Events root", "SCHEDULE+ FREE BUSY", and others.
     
    ---
    Rich Matheisen
    MCSE+I, Exchange MVP
     

    --- Rich Matheisen MCSE+I, Exchange MVP
    Thursday, May 16, 2013 2:10 AM
  • Events Root is different in that it has replicas.

    Ed Crowley MVP "There are seldom good technological solutions to behavioral problems."

    Wednesday, February 18, 2015 2:59 AM