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Can't access public folders exchange 2003

Hi there,

A couple of weeks ago I removed the front end 2000 server running 2000 exchange and formatted the server and installed 2003 server. The thing was that the backend 2003 exchange server then stopped working. I eventually got the mail working but public folders are still in-accessible. What I did find a bit odd was the fact that the back end 2003 box doesn't have AD running or AD connector. Anyway after looking in User manager on one of the other servers then advanced features, the exchange object had the generic no file type icon next to it and so do all the public folders. So  the other servers see that there is an exchange server but doesn't seeem to know what they are and so nobody can access them. Obviously as the mail server hasn't had DC promo run on it there is no User manager. Also in sites and services and then servers I can see the mail server but it doesn't say that it is in the domain where as the other 2 servers are seen as being in the domain... Is this all linked or is there an obvious reason why users can't access public folders. The error it throws up when you try and access public folders is http/1.1 503 service unavailable......
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SembeeCommented:
First.

Exchange 200x does not have to be installed on a domain controller. It is actually recommended NOT to install it on a domain controller. The AD connector is just for connecting an Exchange 5.5 server to an AD domain. If you are using Exchange 200x then you don't need an AD connector.

You do get ADUC though, it will be in the Microsoft Exchange folder on the Start Menu. This is an Exchange aware ADUC which allows you to create mailboxes etc.

First thing I would do is re-run forest prep and domain prep from the Exchange 2003 CD. Did you do that originally?

For the public folder information - can anyone access those? This sounds like either they were rehomed or something has changed on their configuration from the default.
Start ESM, Admin Groups, Folders. Right click on Public Folders and choose "Connect to..." and choose your backend server. What happens then?

Simon.
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tekenq1Author Commented:
Well that is the thing, now it is the only server with exchange installed on it, the front end has gone. It was formatted and now only the back end server has exchange on it. Mail is fine but nobody can access public folders at all..... Already run forest prep and domain prep.....
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SembeeCommented:
Can I just clarify... you did it for Exchange 2003? Many people think that because they did it for Exchange 2000 they don't have to do it again.

What happens when you try to connect to the public folders through ESM?

Simon.
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tekenq1Author Commented:
No I did it for 2000. Is it ok if I run it now even though the mail is up and running? When I look at the public folders in AD users and computers and then view advanced features I can see all the public folders but when I go to look at them in ESM I can't see them... It is very odd. So can I run forestprep and domainprep?

Chris
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tekenq1Author Commented:
Oh and I am also getting this error in the application event log

MSExchangeFBPublish
event id 8207

Error updating public folder with free busy information on virtual machine SERVERNAME. The error number is 0x80004005.

I've gone through all the microsoft advice and nothing has worked. I think this is obviously related but I just don't know how to fix it........
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SembeeCommented:
It is fine to re-run forest prep and domain prep when email is already running.
Wait at least 30 minutes between each stage before continuing to the next one.

Until you have completed the prep tools there is no point investigating the other errors.

Simon.
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tekenq1Author Commented:
Just sent you a mail and only just saw this response. Speak soon Simon.

Thanks

Chris
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tekenq1Author Commented:
Hi Simon,

Can I run domain prep and forest prep whilst users are logged on or is it best when nobody is on the network?

Chris
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SembeeCommented:
You can do it when you like. I have done it with users on the network without any problems. It is totally transparent.

Simon.
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tekenq1Author Commented:
ok tried it and it says that it has already been run and does not need to be run again. Whats next?
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SembeeCommented:
What happens when you try to access public folders through ESM?

Simon.
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tekenq1Author Commented:
Nothing, they just aren't there....
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tekenq1Author Commented:
Any word Simon?
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