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  • 2003 to 2010 Public Folder Replication

    I've read a bunch of guides online concerning my 2003/2010 transition, however all of them seem to have a different version concerning public folder migration.

    I understand that I need to add the new server as a replication partner for all my public folders (which are very few), however there is obviously a big list of system folders that I'm not really sure what to do with. Does replication need to be setup for all/some of the system folders? This is the part that I'm not really clear on.

    Thanks for the help.
    Last edited by jschweg; 30th June 2012, 20:03.

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    Re: 2003 to 2010 Public Folder Replication

    Everything has to be replicated across evntually, because you cannot remove Exchange 2003 with any public folders in place.

    During the migration, the only folders that you have to worry about are the OAB and Free/Busy. Everything else can be replicated when you use the "Move all Replicas" command to clean the Exchange 2003 server off.

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    • #3
      Re: 2003 to 2010 Public Folder Replication

      Originally posted by Sembee View Post
      Everything has to be replicated across evntually, because you cannot remove Exchange 2003 with any public folders in place.

      During the migration, the only folders that you have to worry about are the OAB and Free/Busy. Everything else can be replicated when you use the "Move all Replicas" command to clean the Exchange 2003 server off.

      Simon.
      Understood. Underneath the root OAB root folder, I have the following subfolders in the screenshot below:



      Obviously the FYDIBO.. one is Exchange 2010, I assume that I don't need to replicate this back to the 2003 server do i?

      I am assuming that the one the just has First Administrative Group is the 2003 OAB, so I can replicate that over.

      I'm not sure what the very top one is with the OAB version folders. Any idea what this one is? My environment previously was Exchange 2000 ages ago, I'm wondering if this is leftover?

      Thank you for your reply Simon.

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      • #4
        Re: 2003 to 2010 Public Folder Replication

        Just play it safe and replicate everything. It all has to go anyway.

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        • #5
          Re: 2003 to 2010 Public Folder Replication

          Originally posted by Sembee View Post
          Just play it safe and replicate everything. It all has to go anyway.

          Simon.
          Great got it. I assume that I don't need to replicate the 2010's OAB and free busy folder back to the 2003 for the migration right?
          Last edited by jschweg; 2nd July 2012, 21:38.

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          • #6
            Re: 2003 to 2010 Public Folder Replication

            Originally posted by jschweg View Post
            Great got it. I assume that I don't need to replicate the 2010's OAB and free busy folder back to the 2003 for the migration right?
            That depends on when you are going to change the OAB generating server.
            If you change the OAB generation to the Exchange 2010 server then it will have to be replicated so that the Exchange 2003 users can get the updated information.

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              Re: 2003 to 2010 Public Folder Replication

              Originally posted by Sembee View Post
              That depends on when you are going to change the OAB generating server.
              If you change the OAB generation to the Exchange 2010 server then it will have to be replicated so that the Exchange 2003 users can get the updated information.

              Simon.
              Okay thanks. I think I will just wait until all the mailboxes are moved over to 2010 then change the generating server so I don't need to bother replicating that stuff backwards.

              Same goes for the 2010 free busy folder right?

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              • #8
                Re: 2003 to 2010 Public Folder Replication

                Free/Busy should have both Exchange 2010 and 2003 servers listed as that information will need to go between the two sets of users.

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                • #9
                  Re: 2003 to 2010 Public Folder Replication

                  Originally posted by Sembee View Post
                  Free/Busy should have both Exchange 2010 and 2003 servers listed as that information will need to go between the two sets of users.

                  Simon.
                  Okay, so all three of the below should be replicated on BOTH servers then:



                  I've already replicated the 2003 free/busy to the 2010 server (the highlighted one). So the two other ones that 2010 created should be replicated back to the 2003 server then? Just verifying. Sorry, the mechanics of public folders seem to elude me.

                  Now after I've moved all my mailboxes over to 2010 and I'm ready to rid myself of 2003, I'm going to do a "Move All Replicas" from the 2003 ESM to push everything over to the 2010 server. I understand why I'm doing this, but what does this really do? Is this just a forced replication of everything else that I didn't manually replicate over to 2010?

                  Sorry for all the questions, everything is documented very well, but the public folder end of this equation doesn't seem to be stressed very much in all of the guides and documentation that I've read.

                  Thank you for your patience.
                  Last edited by jschweg; 4th July 2012, 02:08.

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                  • #10
                    Re: 2003 to 2010 Public Folder Replication

                    I sometimes think that public folder content is poor because Microsoft really want them to go away.

                    I don't tend to think about public folder replication very much - I just replicate everything everywhere. That way there is no concerns about information not being where it should be.

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