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OWAscratchpad and systemmailbox{hexnumber} system folders - do I need them??

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We are migrating an Exchange2000 server(SVR1) over to a new Exchange 2003 server(SVR3).  We are already running a 2nd Exchange 2003 server(SVR2).  Everything seems to be working correctly.

1st question/problem: When dealing with public folders I have numerous "OWAscratchpad" entries and numerous "StoreEvents" entries.  Do I need all of these?  Can I delete them?  I think I may have replicated some folders that only pertain to Exchange 2000.?.?  

2nd question/problem:  I have 4 system created user objects in Active Directory labeled "SystemMailbox{HexNumber}.  They all have the little Red X on them indicating they are disabled or there is some sort of problem.  Do these indicate a problem?  Should I just leave them alone?  

thanks already,
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Expert of the Year 2007
Expert of the Year 2006

Commented:
The only folders that you need to replicate are the ones listed in this kb article:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=307917

No others have to be replicated across as they are unique to each server.

Simon.

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Commented:
I have been working off of that article for weeks now.  It is a good overall article but it plainly states in step #1 to rehome all public folders, including system folders to the destination server.  In subsequent steps it is specific about certain other folders to re-home but it is not specific enough to know what to do with the rest of them.  Heck, step #1 is pretty simple.  Can you give any other articles or information that would be more specific, or maybe just look at an Exchange2k3 server to see what is correct?   thanks
Expert of the Year 2007
Expert of the Year 2006

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I have my own article on migrating on my web site: http://www.amset.info/exchange/migration.asp
I only migrate the folders in that article. If it doesn't mention a folder then I don't migrate it - simple as that.

Simon.

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Commented:
So if I have already replicated any of the following list then I can un-replicate these?

  ---schema-root
        |-Default
        |-Microsoft
             |-exchangeV1

 ---system configuration


Also, I can also un-replicate and DELETE the following system folders?

 ---OWAscratchpad{hex number}

 ---StoreEvents{hex number}

thanks, tom
Expert of the Year 2007
Expert of the Year 2006
Commented:
Don't delete any system folders.
When you remove the server the folders will be deleted.

The others can have replication removed, as they aren't required.

Simon.

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