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Schedule+Free Busy, System Folder, OAB Removal - Exchange 5.5

Posted on 2004-09-13
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I'm looking for the official documentation on decommissioning an Exchange 5.5 server and site.

All mailboxes have been moved to a different site.
All distribution lists have been moved to a different site.
All replica's of public folders have been removed.

All that remains in the site is 1 exchange 5.5 server that still has system folders, free+busy, and OAB. The exchange 2003 administrative group still has a copy of thes folders in the site. I want to decomission several 5.5 sites and want to make sure it is done correctly so I don't end up ghosting any folders.

Anyone have this info? I've looked all over for it but most of it contains the migration from e5.5 to e2k3 kbs ... I want the kb that talks more specifically about decom'ing the only 5.5 server in a single site ... make sense?
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Sorry Vahik, that isn't the one I'm looking for.

In the scenario I have ... I have several 5.5 sites that contain only 1 5.5 server ... everything has been decom'd but the system folders, OAB and free+busy ... I thought there was an older 5.5 doc that talked about what to do to make sure everything was fully decom'd before removing the dir rep and x400 connectors to make sure you don't end up with ghosted system folders ...

I more or less am looking for the decom kb because I want to make sure those system folders don't ghost in my E2K3 enviornment after I remove the server/site from the org ...

On another note - I have a couple of those ghosted free+busy folders from previous 5.5 servers decom'd by the previous administrator ... do you know if you can remove them manually using ADSI? When I try to delete them in Sys Manager I get prompted for a user/pass - using the svc account does not even work ... I can open a second question about this one later ...

any help will be much appreciated ...
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Bnettles77 i could not find what u were looking for but since u have multi site exchange enviroment i post a few link may come handy for later.
ADSIedit is poor mans nook in exchange server.i use it all the time and had no problem (i also pray more than other exchange admins).
no need for  another question.will keep looking.
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XADM: Best Practices for Removing an Exchange 5.5 Site from the Organization (KB 324340) was what I was searching for ... simple information but I thought I was missing a step for some reason .... couldn't find it on the web, fortunately I have it saved in one of my support databases =) ... still awarding points for your efforts though!

The information in this article applies to:
Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5

This article was previously published under Q324340
This article describes how to properly remove an Exchange 5.5 Site from your Exchange Server organization. Review all of these steps carefully before you remove the Exchange 5.5 Site.
In this scenario, there are two Exchange Server sites: Exchange_Site_A and Exchange_Site_B. You want to remove Exchange_Site_B from the Exchange Server organization. It may take a long time to remove a site, because of the time that it takes for public folder and directory replication to occur in your Exchange Server organization.
Move all mailboxes, public folders, and distribution lists from Exchange_Site_B to Exchange_Site_A. Use either Exmerge to move only the mailboxes or use the Move Server Wizard to move the mailboxes and distribution lists.

For additional information about these utilities, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
281584 XGEN: Exchange Tools for Migration

You should also remove all public folder replicas in Exchange_Site_B by doing the following:
Connect to a server in Exchange_Site_A.
On the server in Exchange_Site_A, click the Public Information Store object, and then click Properties on the File menu.
On the Instances tab, click Exchange_Site_B on the Site menu.
If there are folders listed in the Public Folders area, select all of them, and then click Add to add an instance to the Folders on this Information Store area.
You must connect to all servers in Exchange_Site_B, and then view the Instances tab on the properties of the Public Information Store object. Select all folders that are listed under the Folders on this Information Store area, and then click Remove to remove all folder instances from the servers in Exchange_Site_B. You must also rehome any public folders that are homed on any server in Exchange_Site_B.For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
185010 How to Rehome Public Folders

Wait for public folder replication to populate all replicas and home server changes to any of the Public Folders. The changes must occur in all Exchange Server sites throughout your Exchange Server organization before you continue.
Remove the Directory Replication Connector from both Exchange_Site_B and Exchange_Site_A. Do this for all Directory Replication Connectors that located in Exchange_Site_B. Let this change replicate throughout your Exchange Server organization.
Remove all connectors that connect Exchange_Site_B to any other Exchange Server site in the Exchange Server organization. Let this change replicate throughout your Exchange Server organization.
Recalculate routing in Exchange_Site_A and any other Exchange Server site that was connected to Exchange_Site_B. To recalculate routing, view the properties of the Site Addressing object under the Configuration object. Click the Routing tab, and then click Recalculate Routing. This occurs automatically according to the Routing Calculation Schedule for the Exchange Server site.
Run a Knowledge Consistency Check in every Exchange Server site or let this run automatically (the default is every 3 hours).
154947 XADM: How to Move a Public Folder to Another Site

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