I am having problems removing the default public folder store from our Exchange 2003 SP1 Front-end server. I managed to remove the mailbox store fine, but when trying to move the public folder store I get the following message:
"An invalid ADSI Pathname was passed"
I've checked on the M$ KB and googled it, but I cannot find anything that speaks to this specific problem.
I have not done anything special at all to this store - it's just the default setup when Exchange was first installed. Following best practices, I'd like to delete the stores and storage groups as it is a front-end server, but I cannot.
The only thing that I have done that was not set up by default is to ensure that relevant system folders (the OAB for example) replicate between two back end servers to provide redundancy. I can't see how this would affect the front-end server public folder store though.
What else might be different? Well, I had a problem in opening up the 'folders' view on the front-end server. I tracked that down to the fact that the exadmin virtual directory had an SSL certificate defined on it that did not match the FQDN of the server (Q324345). I resolved that issue, but it made no difference to my main problem. (As an aside, it almost seems to be assumed that the SSL certificate *should* be the same as the FQDN of the server - why is that???? My understanding is that SSL certificates are by design independent of the server name or IP address - setting them the same would seem very poor security design and in many cases make little sense??)
Oh, one last thing. This is currently a test rig in a Virtual Server 2005 world - about to be implemented for real. As such, I know M$ don't support it. However, unless this has a functional relevance to this particular problem, I don't care overmuch :-)
Any help on the main question and/or the aside would be most welcome.