Migrating Public Folders from one exchange to another (same site)
Posted on 2004-11-09
On our network, we have one standard domain all on one site with two exchange 2000 enterprise servers. I migrated all of the mailboxes off of the primary exchange server due to low disk space so its mailboxs are basically the system built ones (in fact, i dismounted the old store that was still huge and mounted a new one without issues so its factory clean). Right now i'm trying to turn the first exchange server into a front end server (it is running sybari and is currently the server our unix relay box sends the mail to, so it would be a nice internal relay server). during the prep for moving it over to front end, i noticed that when i dismount the public folder store on the ex1 box, it kills public folders for everyone on ex2.
i didn't build out ex2 so im not sure how the replication was originally configured, but i went in there and all of the times for replication were blanked out. i hit the default option button and it threw in the defaults and then i double checked all of the public folders and they all say that they are replicating between ex1 and ex2 (some were saying "in sync - ex1" and "local modified -ex2" on them which i guess is exchange's way of saying they arn't in sync? and some were "in sync" on both. i read up on what to do a little on the net and i basically grabbed a folder that said it was in sync, removed ex1 from the folder's replication, and then dismounted Ex1's public store and it still kicked the folder offline. i then brought ex1's store back up and turned off ex2's store, and it didn't show up then either (the other folders did though). so i figured maybe i had to restart outlook so i restarted outlook and it wouldnt' show me any of the public folders at all, which makes me think that there is some global setting issue that i need to change to move the root of public folders over or something.
A little convoluted i know, but i'd appreciate any help you guys can provide. i'm probably not understanding public folders correctly...