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Recovering Public Folder data without recovering corresponding mailboxes

Hi there. I am trying to recover a my public folder server to an off-line recovery server as one of our users has deleted something crtical in the public server.   In our enterprise I have 2 mailstores on  their separate server (which only has mailboexes) and their associated public folder server is in its own separate server

I have successfully been able to restore the public folder server to the offline recovery server. Now this off line public folder server has all the data, but does not have the associated mailboxes which these correspond to (as they reside on a separate server in our live environment). As a result, in my recovery server, I have no permission to view or extract the data I am after and when I go the Folders directory in ESM and try and change the client permsions so that I the administrator can atleast extract the info via outlook, I get an error (see url). In the outlook view I can not see the folder that I am after,whereas I can on the Folders list

http://www.kbalertz.com/Feedback_263059.aspx (q259180)
FYI on my recovery server (and live server) in ESM for the public folder server, I have the First Storage Group
Below that I have the Mailbox Store (which ofcourse doesnt have any mailboxes in it as they are on a separate server)
Below that I have Public folder store (with all the data)

So my question is that will I need to restore the associated mailboxes in my recovery environment to get the data. Is there no way I can extract this data, without having to have another recovery server invloved?

Would be great to hear from someone who has had to go through this proceedure

Ms Arti Rumpal
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Go to properties on the top level folder in ESM.  Go to the replicas tab, add this recovery server to the replicas list.  Now, right click on the folder, all tasks, propagate settings.  Choose replicas and hit OK.  Now see if you can access the folders.  Oh, and you can use this same method to set client permissions and propagate them down the tree as well if necesarry.
arti_rumpalAuthor Commented:
Dear Marc,
Thanks for your posting. This morning, before I read your posting,I went into the ESM, right clicked on the folder, and  to my surprise I was able to get into the client Permission tab and add clients in. I was able to sucessfully change the default permission and therefore able to extract the data whereas yesterday I was getting the message as below

(Your profile is not configured. Microsoft Exchange Server Information Store ID no: 8004011c-0521-00000000 ID no: c0040000 Exchange System Manager The attempt to log on to the Microsoft Exchange Server computer has failed. The MAPI provider failed. Microsoft Exchange Server Information Store ID no: 8004011d-0512-00000000 ID no: C1050000 Exchange System Manager) I was also getting a lot of replica issues yesterday on each folder I tried to access I got this message
"The mail proxy for this folder can not be found. This may be due to replication delays. The mail enabled pages will not be shown.
ID no: c1038a21
Exchange System Manager"

I then followed you instructions this morning and found that the replica for the recovery server was there any way on the folder, I did not check this yesterday.

The only change I made this morning, was changing the system time on the recovery server. It was a year out of date. So I do not know whether it was

1)A matter of time before the public folder  got a replica
2) Or me changing the system time to the corrected date

I will be doing another restore later this afternoon, (with the correct system time)and I will check the replica again. (at least I know what to look for now)

Many Thanks  and I will let you know how I get on with this


arti_rumpalAuthor Commented:
Hi Marc,
I did an another restore....and found that the replica's had not been established immediatley ( as before) , so I added them in manually- and I was able to get in...
I guess the replica info would have eventually picked up after 24hrs (as before), but your solution certainly saved time- and i was able to get in straightway
So I would like to close the call and award the 250 points to you
Many thanks


Ms arti Rumpal
arti_rumpalAuthor Commented:
How do I close this question....
I wanted to award Marc the 250 points


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