Public and System Folder Migration
Posted on 2004-09-04
So, I'm finally heading down the stretch of a year long migration from Exchange 5. to Exchange 2003 ... almost all of my sites are migrated and I've decided to work on getting the public folders migrated this weekend.
In our corporate site - I have 3 Exchange 5.5 Public Folder Servers and 3 Exchange 2003 Servers ...
Exchange 5.5 <Server A - is home of all of the system folders and a few public folders>
Exchange 5.5 <Server B - homes most of the public folders>
Exchange 5.5 <Server C - houses the rest of the public folders>
Let's call Exchange 2003 SP1 servers - Server D, E, and F
I ran the following command first:
PFMIGRATE.WSF /S:serverA /T:serverD /SF /A /N:100 /F:C:\downloads\exdeploy\exdeploy\systemfoldersLOGFILE.LOG (everything went through no errors)
Next I ran -
PFMIGRATE.WSF /S:serverA /T:serverE /A /N:600 /F:C:\downloads\exdeploy\exdeploy\publicfoldersLOGFILE.LOG (found a number of replicas missing, but created them)
PFMIGRATE.WSF /S:serverB /T:serverE /A /N:600 /F:C:\downloads\exdeploy\exdeploy\publicfoldersLOGFILE2.LOG (found a number of replicas missing, but created them)
Third I ran -
PFMIGRATE.WSF /S:serverC /T:serverE /A /N:600 /F:C:\downloads\exdeploy\exdeploy\publicfoldersLOGFILE3.LOG (created missing replicas)
*** I decided to hold off on implementing the 3rd E2K3 box (ServerF) since the servers are very high end and can probably be used for something else.
Now my question is this ... Do I simply need to run - to kill the replica's?
PFMIGRATE.WSF /S:SourceServer /T:DestinationServer /D for each 5.5 server to the E2K3
I know public folders are handled differently in Exchange 2003 and I think I have a grasp but I'd like to better understand and want someone with expert knowledge to enlighten me a bit more.
I also want to achieve making sure ServerD and ServerE are full replicated ... should I run PFMIGRATE from the Exchange 5.5 servers to my backup E2K3 PFS to make sure the replica's are there ... or should I run it between ServerD and ServerE?
Do you think a week will be long enough for all public folder replication to take place? I have over 500 public folders so I'm wondering if I need to leave the 5.5 servers up for a few more weeks just to make sure.
I've read through the Microsoft documentation and the MSExchange.org tutorial but still feel like I'm missing something ...
I also notice I have a OAB2 and OAB2a but there is no OAB3 created in E2K3 (System Manager) ... should I create this manually for Outlook2003 clients?
Any help is much appreciated!