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I have built EX2003 on a new server and now I am in the process of trying to replicate the public folders from the old server running EX2000.

I have set replication on one of the folders to the new server but this does not seem to have replicated.

I set the folder to always replicate with an urgent status.

The public folder store is set to always replicate.

I left it overnight but when I came in this morning on the new server there is no sign of the public folders in the public folder instances.

Have I missed something?

Do i need to force the replication?

Any Help greatfully appreciated

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by:Avatar261
ID: 12132529
Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      MSExchangeAL
Event Category:      Service Control
Event ID:      8063
Date:            23/09/2004
Time:            02:02:31
User:            N/A
Computer:      Exchange server
Description:
Could not read the root entry on directory "domain.com". Cannot access configuration information.    

I found this in the event log. would this be an issue with the above also?
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by:Sembee
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PF replication in Exchange is very weak. It can take WEEKS (yes you read that right) for the data to replicate correctly. It seems to have a mind of its own.

Not sure what that error message is. Did you run the AD tests that are outlined as part of the setup checklist on the autoplay for the Exchange 2003 CD?

Simon.
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yes, all tests ran and completed fine.

Do i need to use the site replication service or is this just used for 5.5 migration?

Will i be better off using PFMIGRATE?
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Also found that when i attempt to sync the folders i get the error "The Microsoft Exchange Information Store service could not find teh specified object" ID no c1041722

This of any help?
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Anyone any ideas?
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Did you Domain Prep and Forest Prep for Exchange 2003 before installing it? That error message usually means that there is something wrong with the permissions for the Exchange servers.

PFMIGRATE might speed things up - that is what it has been designed for. Take a look at this Q from last month for an example of what it is capable of:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Email_Groupware/Exchange_Server/Q_21089329.html

Simon.
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Thanks for the link,

I did run both preps, would running them again cause any problems?
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I reinstalled the server and applied to PREPS again just in case but still no joy in replicating the folders.

Does anyone have a sort off check list maybe that i can do?
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If i was to run PFMIGRATE, does this actually move the folders or just copies them?

Do the exhange servers need to be offline?
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by:Sembee
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The Exchange servers need to be online when you make the chance - as PFMIGRATE adjusts the properties of the fodlers themselves.

PFMIGRATE will setup the replicas - you will need to run it again to remove the old server - so it will be a copy of the folders - not a move.
Take a look at this article at MS for more information: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=822895

Simon.
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Although i am going to use PFMIGRATE i still have had no joy whatsoever in replicating the public folders.

In directory security i have set both exchange servers to point at the DC, i jsut really do not kno wwhat else to try
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