An Exchange 5.5 server in one of the multiple sites of the organization crashed. Then it was restored. Then in unfortunate turn of events, the public folders were restored. Then the development from this scenario happened : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/264317/en-us
(Public Folders Are Re-Homed When You Restore the Pub.edb File)
The whole organization is Exchange 5.5 (I know ...) with plenty of sites in various regions and around 65 GB of data in the public folders. The migration to Exchange 2003 is ongoing (yet the public folders are hosted only on 5.5 servers). Now due to the re-homing (to the restored server) many of the public folders can't be accessed anymore by any user or admin in any site. Needless to say the new restored server doesn't have any data in the public folders.
Microsoft describes the scenario in the support article I mentioned but it doesn't provide any solution whatsoever. Any way I can get the public folder back ? I know the information is there as it takes 20 days for the orphaned directories to expire - but how to recuperate/restore it ?
Any help/advice would be highly appreciated.