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How do you move Public folders from exchange cluster 2003 to exchange cluster 2003

Posted on 2006-06-12
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I am trying to move my public folders from my old exchange cluster production server to my new exchange production cluster.  Both running exchange 2003.  Here is the scenario

old production - cluster
server 2000 sp4
exchange 2003 sp1

new production - cluster
server 2003 sp1
exchange 2003 sp2

Both clusters are in the same active directory, so moving the emailboxes were no problem at all.  But how do you move those darn public folders.  So far what  I have done is manually go into system manager and give replica rights to all the public folders, which is about 80 of them to the new cluster, but it does not seem to be moving over or replicating to the new cluster and I performed this about 36 hours ago.  Can you help me out so I can shut off my old cluster..  Do I have to use pfmigrate to do this???
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You can only have one Public Store (the default one) per organization.  You'll have to migrate it using a tool like this one:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822895/en-us
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/843107/en-us
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by:Yves Mellet
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So I have to use the pfmigrate tool..  giving them replica rights will not do it..  
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Is that a question?  I think the only method is to migrate - you cannot have 2 Public Folder instances.  Can you right click the Store and move it?

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by:Yves Mellet
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Yes I did it that way.  I right click the public store in system manager and did a "move all replicas" to the new exchange cluster.  Waited overnight for the replication to complete and now they are on the new cluster...  So your answer worked, i right clicked the public store.
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Good.  I suspected you should have been able to since both Exchange servers were in the same org - but I wasn't 100% sure.

Now I am!!

Thanks,
NM
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