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REHOMING Public Folders in Exchange 2003.

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Hi,
We have an Exchange 2003  server running SP1. Lets call this server1. THis server currently hosts our private store, public store, and smtp services.
Ther is only one exchange server performing all the tasks.

Since we are running out of disk space on server1 we decided to move the Public folders to a new server.

For this we setup a new Exchange 2003  server  with SP1 (let"s call this server as SERVER2).We setup public folder replication between server1 and server2 which
works just fine. The entire public folder contents have been replicated succesfully.


WE have also setup server2 as a referral in the custom routing group on server1.

Now we want to remove the public folder from server1 and our clients running on outlook 2003 to automatically connect to server2 for their public folder resources.

We did try dismounting the public store on server1 and tried to open public folders in Outlook. Sadly it did not work .


WHAT DID WE DO WRONG  HERE ?

THank You in advance...

Vinay
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well u have to decide what u really want
do u want two exchange servers one as dedicated mailbox store and the other as a dedicated public folder store?then u have to delete public folder store from first server (u will get all the warnings and what to do and not to does)and then delete
mailbox store from second server.In this case u wont have problem achieving
ur objective.
if u want to have two exchange servers both with mailbox store and public folder stores yet all ur users connect to second exchange server,to the replicas that u have created  then u have to move users
to the second exchange server.by default users will connect to the public folder
on the server that their mailboxes reside eventhough u have referral enabled and if that is not available then they will connect to the replicated server..

if u put two servers in routing groups and move users between servers then u can
prevent public folder referrals for replicas that dont exist on the local server or routing group.
i hope i did not confuse you.
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by:Soahk
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Befor you remove the public folder on SERVER1, read: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;822931 - Read the article, and do the following steps:
Replicate All Public Folders to Another Server
Rehome the Offline Address Book Folder
Rehome the Schedule+ Free Busy Folder

You can skip the rest.

You need to make sure you've got your system folders replicated to SERVER2 aswell, its very important!

 - S
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by:vinayarora
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hmmm...  dont you think dismounting the public store from server1 would achieve the same thing --- do i really have to delete the public store from server1 ??? because in a live enviornment, if it does not work then we are in deep problems.....

our goal is to have the Public folders on server2 and the Private Folder on Server1

onceagain -- what would be the best way to achieve this...
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