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Migrating from Exchange 5.5 to 2003 - existing PF content will not migrate, new content will

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We're migrating from Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2003.  2003 is setup fine, no problems.  Moved the admin mailbox fine.  Setup replication on the existing public folders on the 5.5 box to the 2003 box.  Hierarchy came over fine, content will not.

New content entered/modified on the 5.5 box will replicate, but I can't get the existing content from the 5.5 box to move over.

I looked at KB 813629 and tried the registry key.  Didn't seem to work, but there was also a reboot involved before the 24-72 hour period.

Thoughts?
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by:ksharma4
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Follow this article

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;842273#ENABAAA


Hope that helps!!

Thanks
Kunal
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Registry change you made should help you after the reboot. Moreover, this is a known issue and MS - Exchange support has a tool to make a small change in all Public Folder items to initiate this replication.
I dont remember the tool name, but i think, its something called - modifyitem.

Please contact them and you can get the tool, if you dont need any further assistance, you should get the refund of the case also.

Thanks,
Amit Aggarwal.
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by:dipersp
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Kunal - I see nothing in that article that I didn't mention trying.

Amit - I haven't called MS yet, but did some searching on different things and can't find anything.  An exact name would be helpful, didn't want to play on the phone for a few hours.
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This tool's name is either modifyitem or itemmodify. I dont think, you will have to spend much time on phone for this small tool.

Thanks,
Amit Aggarwal.
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by:rakeshmiglani
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Set diagnostic logging in the Exchange Transport Categorizer to the maximum setting on the Exchange 2003 computer

and then check whether you get the following events in the application logs on the exchange 2003 server

Event Type: Information
Event Source: MSExchangeTransport
Event Category: Categorizer
Event ID: 9013

Event Type: Information
Event Source: MSExchangeTransport
Event Category: Categorizer
Event ID: 6015
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by:dipersp
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I've set the diag logging and am waiting.  Anything I should do to try and trigger those events, or just wait?
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try to modify the PF or post content. this will trigger the replication. if you get those events then i have the fix because i had faced this issue and got those events and implemented a registry key on the e2k3 server.
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OK - I put a test1 contact in the old 5.5 server and a test2 contact in the 2003 server.  They did finally replicate and I can see test1 and test2 on each server.  I did not get the event IDs you noted, only a 6019 and 6020.

I ONLY have the CATEGORIZER under Transport set to MAX on the new server.  Is that what you wanted?
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and if you do a message tracking for these public folder replication messages what do you get
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At 10:18am, it sent an email from the Exchange 5.5 via X400 to the Exchange 2003 box.  Was sent to the categorizer, q'ed for local deliver to SERVER-IS@domain.com and was successfully delivered locally.

At 10:21am, a message was sent from 2003 to 5.5 to the categorizer and q'ed for local delivery to TESTSERVER-PubIS@domain.com.  Ends saying smtp submitted it to MTA and it was transferred to testserver via X400.

Still haven't seen those events you mention.
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by:rakeshmiglani
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the following is the registry key that needs to be added on the exchange 2003 server. i had added the key when i got the 9013 and  6015 events.

you can try by adding the registry key. (PLEASE TAKE A REGISTRY BACKUP BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES)

Click Start, click Run, type regedit , and then click OK.
Expand the following registry key:
HKey_Local_Machine\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\MSExchangeTransport

Right-click MSExchangeTransport , point to New, and then click Key.
Type Parameters , and then press ENTER to name the new key.
Right-click Parameters , point to New, and then click DWORD value.
Type SkipPublicMDBRestriction , and then press ENTER to name the value.
Double-click SkipPublicMDBRestriction .
In the Value data box, type 1 , and then click OK.
Close Registry Editor.
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Sounds like that key isn't for us upon reading further.  We're not having any problems with security on the public folders, and I'm not getting those events.

Spoke to Microsoft and they told me 5.5 isn't supported anymore so they can't help and can't give me info on the changeitem utility.  Nice.

Anyone else?
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by:rakeshmiglani
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i was able to locate the modifyitems.exe tool

if you need it then let me know ur email address and i will mail it to you
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Sorry, you can close.  Used modifyitems tool above, but was never able to get it working properly and Microsoft wouldn't support it.  Went the long way around of exporting/importing public folders.

Please close and refund points.
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