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    Exchange 2007 SP2

    i have successfully transferred all my mailboxes to a new server and when i try to transfer the Public Folders, i refer to this link

    technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb331970(EXCHG.80).aspx

    using the command MoveAllReplicas.ps1 -Server Server01 -NewServer Server02

    after issuing that command, i waited for a few minutes (contents are less than 100MB), and nothing happened. even in the old server the Public Folders contains nothing!

    what did i do wrong?

    appreciate any help.

  • #2
    Re: moved Public Folders, empty

    Have you disabled AV during the Public folder move or ensured that it doesn't detect the Public folder replicaiton as a mass mail worm or something else?

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    • #3
      Re: moved Public Folders, empty

      i didn't so i checked the logs and there are no entries for both servers to indicate some type of mass worm or something.

      you think the command i used is correct?

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      • #4
        Re: moved Public Folders, empty

        It can take a while for Public folders to move. I must admit, I haven't moved Public fodlers from Exchange 2007 before just 2003 but looks correct to me. How is it looking now? Are the Public folders no longer visible from the Client side?

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        • #5
          Re: moved Public Folders, empty

          But normally the PF would appear on the old server and the OP says they are empty....
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          • #6
            Re: moved Public Folders, empty

            Originally posted by Virtual View Post
            It can take a while for Public folders to move. I must admit, I haven't moved Public fodlers from Exchange 2007 before just 2003 but looks correct to me. How is it looking now? Are the Public folders no longer visible from the Client side?
            still empty.

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            • #7
              Re: moved Public Folders, empty

              Originally posted by Ossian View Post
              But normally the PF would appear on the old server and the OP says they are empty....
              yes they still are empty. both servers.

              would it help if i do a restore from prior to the move? but only for the PF?

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              • #8
                Re: moved Public Folders, empty

                Originally posted by rino19ny View Post

                after issuing that command, i waited for a few minutes (contents are less than 100MB), and nothing happened. even in the old server the Public Folders contains nothing!

                what did i do wrong?
                You didn't wait long enough.
                A few minutes? Try waiting a few days. No, I am not joking.
                Did you not replicate the content before moving the mailboxes? That is what you should have done. Public Folders first, mailboxes last.

                Public Folder replication is slow, very slow. Has nothing to do with the amount of data involved.

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                • #9
                  Re: moved Public Folders, empty

                  still empty

                  i have an idea. if i shutdown the new server. restore from backup the old server and bring it online, just long enough to copy the public folders contents (copy and paste) to my laptop, will it not affect the new server?

                  i'm thinking because the restore will contain the old mailboxes too (which is not supposed to be there because i've moved it) will it somehow affect the Global Catalog server when i finally bring the new server online?

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                  • #10
                    Re: moved Public Folders, empty

                    I had terrible results using the move replica script, so I just use the add replica one and wait till content gets replicated successful, after this removing the replicas from the old server is easy enough.

                    Actual you can look at your old server if the the public folder instances are still there. If this is the case just add the replicas to the old server again.

                    If not, just add the replicas to the old server anyways and proceed with a restore from the last working backup.

                    Doing a restore should give you the option to restore the public folder database only (depending on the used backup solution of course).
                    Ah and don't shutdown the new server while restoreing.

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                    • #11
                      Re: moved Public Folders, empty

                      I wouldn't be suggesting any kind of backup/restore method. This is due to the way that Exchange databases belong to a certain server and then the chance of losing data.

                      Replication shouldn't be failing like this, I would expect something to go across. Therefore it would seem to me that something is stopping the traffic. AV is the usual cause, it can also be caused by the Connectors not being at the default configuration so the servers cannot talk to each other properly.

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                      • #12
                        Re: moved Public Folders, empty

                        What AV/AntiSpam are you using? I've seen Sophos PureMessage cause this as it adds tags to the subject line of messages that prevent replication. Turning off email tagging will resolve the issue in this case.
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                        • #13
                          Re: moved Public Folders, empty

                          Originally posted by Sembee View Post
                          I wouldn't be suggesting any kind of backup/restore method. This is due to the way that Exchange databases belong to a certain server and then the chance of losing data.

                          ...

                          Simon.
                          and i was contemplating on copying the PF database to the new server after a restore from the last full backup.

                          right now, my only option is to resurrect the old server by creating a temporary DC and then moving this temporary DC into their own isolated network together with the old mail server. assuming that it Exchange would start (after seizing schema master and GC to the temporary DC), i could then copy the contents of the PF off to a USB drive.

                          cross my finger!

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                          • #14
                            Re: moved Public Folders, empty

                            What you are talking about is a recovery domain, which is the only option for recovering Public Folders. You then have to copy the contents to a PST file and then import it again. It will cause a mess.

                            If no replication is taking place at all, then it is classic interference. AV, smart host on the SMTP virtual server, a change from the default configuration for SMTP on both sides etc.

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                            • #15
                              SOLVED! Re: moved Public Folders, empty

                              SOLVED!

                              i try everything that goggle throws at me (even creating a recovery domain with the old mail server) and nothing works.

                              so i closed my eyes and started the old mail server (mailboxes and all), created a new user whose "home" mailbox is in the old mail server, then i was able to open PF and found my missing files. so i copy and paste them to my PST file then uploaded them to the new PF of the new mail server.

                              funny thing is PFDAVadmin can see those files but whatever folder permissions i do, it just doesn't appear. i would get,

                              "A folder design conflict has occurred in "Policies and Procedures". The design of this folder has been simultaneously modified on two or more folder replicas. Only the set of changes made last have been saved."

                              emailed to me by Exchange.

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