Public Folder Re-homing and Replication
Posted on 2004-09-21
I am migrating from Exchange 2000 to Exchange 2003. Exchange 2000 sever is in the child domain and Exchange 2003 is in the parent domain. I have moved most mailboxes to the new server in the parent domain. I now want to re-home the public folders to the new server. I have read articles that say I need to add the new server in the Replication Tab in the properties of the public folder, propagate the replication settings to the sub-folders and then remove the original server from the properties of replication. I have also read articles about the PFAdmin utility and exporting the PF to a .pst file and re-importing them. I am leery of those solutions.
I am experiencing some problems with the replica method. The other day I added the new server in the Replication Tab of the PFs. I did not remove the old server. The next morning users who had mailboxes on the new server could see the PF structure but there were no documents in them. Users on the old server could view PFs normally. As soon as I removed the new server from the Replication Tab of the PFs in System Manager everything magically appeared as the users were pointed back to the original server.
How the heck does PF replication work? I checked the replication settings and some said "in synch" some were "locally modified" on the original server. When I add a server to the Replicatin Tab it says "replcate contents to these public folders" but it does not seem to be working.
Why could users on the new server only see the PF structure but not documents? As soon as I removed the new server in System Manager they were pointed back to the original and could view everything.
So I figure maybe I have to remove the old server before the actual documents replicate or I have to initiate the replication from the original server. So I create a new PF on the old server and add the new server in the Replication Tab. I did that 2 hours ago and I still cannot see that PF in Outlook. My mailbox is on the new server. Maybe I am missing something here but replication does not seem to be working at all here.