Migrate Public folders using pfmigrate

Posted on 2006-06-05
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I wanted to know if I should use the /SF switch with pfmigrate to migrate the system folders.
I have not seen a definitive answer.


Question by:markg1
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    Expert Comment

    It is recommended that you do not use the /SF option.

    <<;[LN];843107>> How to use the pfMigrate tool to perform a cross-site public folder move operation in Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 1

    Below is the information regarding SF Switch from the above link

    /SF The /SF option is blocked from use. The /SF option would duplicate system folders in the destination administrative group. You may think that you must replicate the free/busy system folder. However, you do not have to replicate this folder because mailboxes that are moved have their LegacyExchangeDN attribute changed. Therefore, these mailboxes must republish their free/busy folder information. To republish the free/busy folder information, start Microsoft Outlook, and then modify your calendar. Alternatively, you can use the UpdateFB tool to automate this process for many users. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

    Author Comment

    Sorry, I neglected to say that I was not doing site consolidation.
    My goal is to upgrade to 2003 from 5.5.
    All in the same site.
    I have one 5.5 and one 2003 in the same site.
    I moved all the mailboxes to 2003.
    Now I want to set up the pubic folders on 2003.
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    Expert Comment

    pfmigrate isn't the magic tool for migrating public folders that people seem to think it is.
    It is simply a script for setting the replication options without having to set them on each folder by hand. Nothing more.

    As there are what - a dozen system folders to come across - I would set them all by hand.
    It is still going to take ages to come across, as public folder replication wasn't sorted until Exchange 2003.


    Author Comment

    I am not so much concerned with pfmigrate being the magic bullet.
    I want to know which of system folders to migrate - if any.
    Paticularly, free busy and offline address book.
    Some poeple say they will get recreated and not to replicate.

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    Accepted Solution

    Free busy information will recreate, but only as users change things in their diary. I would replicate those.
    OAB will also be recreated, but only after changes have been made to the configuration to change which server generates the OAB. Therefore I also replicate those.

    Have you looked at the guide for removing Exchange 5.5?


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