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Three stubborn public folders preventing decommision of... - 7.Apr.2008 10:51:34 AM   
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I have transitioned to E2K7 and am ready to remove my E2K3 server.  I have replicated the public folders and removed the E2K3 replica from all folders.

But when I try to uninstall the server or delete the Public Folders I am told that replicas exist.  Under the E2K3 server - Public Folders - Public Folder Instances there are 3 folders.  2 contain emails for ex-employees that we need for litigation purposes. 1 is a calendar for an ex-employee that we don't really need and I may delete.

If I check the replica properties for these folders on either server they only show the new E2K7 server. 

I have tried Move All Replicas on the old server to force but they still show up. 

What can I do to get them moved over so I can decommission the old server?
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RE: Three stubborn public folders preventing decommisio... - 8.Apr.2008 6:33:37 PM   
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How long have you waited after removing the replication setting?
It can take a while, a few hours or more for the folders to be removed.

There is also a chance that the public folder replication list hasn't replicated properly. Adding the server back as a replica, waiting a few hours and then removing it again can sometimes force it to remove correctly.

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RE: Three stubborn public folders preventing decommisio... - 14.Apr.2008 9:49:06 AM   
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Thanks for the suggestions.  It has been well over a month and I had tried re-adding them as replicas to the old server.  I see plenty of Event ID 3017 "Replication Outgoing Message" on the old server but I cannot figure out how to turn on logging on the new servers to see what the response is to the messages.

I had a thought over the weekend that maybe it is because of my SMTP size restrictions.  I have removed the restrictions and hopefully they will finish as I really want to remove the Exchange services from the old server and use it for other purposes.

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RE: Three stubborn public folders preventing decommisio... - 14.Apr.2008 10:37:09 AM   
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Message tracking on both servers will show you if the messages are being received and then delivered in to the store. You have to look at both servers, to see if the messages are being sent out and then again to see if they are received and actually delivered in to the store.
Message size restrictions do not matter as Exchange "knows" about those and works around them.

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RE: Three stubborn public folders preventing decommisio... - 14.Apr.2008 11:19:11 AM   
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As much as I love troubleshooting problems to figure things out myself, with the amount of time you're putting into it, I would spend $250 and open a PSS case with Microsoft.

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RE: Three stubborn public folders preventing decommisio... - 9.May2008 11:02:58 AM   
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use ESEUTIL /p "databasepath\databasename.edb"

to repair corrupted database.

if still cannot be mounted then, ADSIEDIT.msc shall do it.

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RE: Three stubborn public folders preventing decommisio... - 9.May2008 1:05:56 PM   
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I meant to come back and post my fix but have not had a chance.

Since those folders were static folders for rentention purposes I exported them to PST, deleted the folders, removed the old server, and then reimported the PST back into their previous location.

Everything works fine now.

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