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    Hello

    Can anyone please explain using the most accurate technical details possible the difference between "Public Folders" and "Public Folders Instances" when you open a System Manager's PF Store?
    Thanks in advance.
    Max

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    Re: Public Folders Instances

    Others will probably have a better answer and I'm not trying to be sarcastic but a "Public Folder Instance" is an instance of a public folder in the public folder store.

    Why are you wondering?
    Regards,
    Jeremy

    Network Consultant/Engineer
    Baltimore - Washington area and beyond
    www.gma-cpa.com

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    • #3
      Re: Public Folders Instances

      Public Folder Instances is related to replication. If you go in to that folder and right click on one of the folders you will see the emphasis on the replication properties and status.

      Public Folders is the actual public folders stored on the server.

      In a single server environment you can ignore the instances variant as you aren't replicating anything.

      I believe it is legacy from a previous version of Exchange - but it is one of those things that I don't tend to think about.

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        Re: Public Folders Instances

        Originally posted by Sembee
        Public Folder Instances is related to replication. If you go in to that folder and right click on one of the folders you will see the emphasis on the replication properties and status.

        Public Folders is the actual public folders stored on the server.

        In a single server environment you can ignore the instances variant as you aren't replicating anything.

        I believe it is legacy from a previous version of Exchange - but it is one of those things that I don't tend to think about.

        Simon.
        Thanks all for your answers. I can tell that when you work with multidomain single forest with dozen of server and you have problems in PF Replication, you need to "tend to think" to everything possible

        There should be some big problems in one of my servers.
        Let's call this server EP0401. This server replicates all public folders (single tree and single pf store in every server) with 2 other server, let's call them EP0402 and EP0403.
        Well. I need to dismiss this server EP0401. I moved all mboxes away and in PF Instances I selected every single folder (a total of 120 folders) and removed replication from EP0401.
        Well, right now I have this:
        Public Folders: Only System Folders
        Public Folders Instances: System Folders + other 20 public folders.

        Where is the problem? Easy to explain. If I open one of those 20 folders I see in replication: EP0402 and EP0403.
        This could not be a real problem but taking a look at "public folders logons" I still see some users logging to that server EP0401, and if I try to shutdown that server, some users (not all users actually, only 20% of total users) can't open immediately those 20 folders...They can see the content of those folders only after 5 minutes.
        I think something messed up on that server, but I'm still afraid to uninstall exchange from that. I suppose I will activate some diagnostic logging on PF...

        Any idea?
        Max

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