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Posted on 2006-10-25
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Hello.

I have this migration between 2 forests planned but I would like to know someone elses opinion about the migration of Public Folders.
I have 2 domains , A and B , each in it's own forest.
I need to move some users from Domain A to the Domain B including mailboxes and their Public Folders.
There is a 2 way trust between the 2 domains and the users , computers and mailbox migration it is ok and painless.

My problem is now that I have also to move about 50 public folders ALL of them MailEnabled and 2 with calendars.

Now the question is :
Is there ANY way to migrate them keeping the permissions and the e-mail addresses ?
It does not matter if it would be a pain to do this but I just don't want to stay and re-create all the permissions and e-mail addresses.
I don't mind registry tricks , AD Schema tricks.

Thank you in advance.
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Question by:George Sas
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by:Sembee
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Officially it cannot be done.
I have seen email addresses come across where the public folder was moved to a PST file for the move.

I have also seen the permissions comes across. However the permissions were unknown because the SID was unknown.

As you have a trust in place, you might find the permissions come across. You will have to go in and recreate the permissions, using the accounts on the new domain - but that cannot be avoided.

However, I wouldn't trust it. I would have everything documented - permissions and email addresses, so if it was lost it could be recreated.

Simon.
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by:George Sas
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I feel you Simon.
I have everything documented and written down , then I still have both domains up and running so I can just look at the old folders for the permissions.
Yes , probably the permissions (if they come over ) would be still ok if authenticating in old domain as the trust is still up but I'll also move the users and the machines and re-creating the permissions for so many folders is a pain.
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by:George Sas
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Well it is oficially and it can be done.
Microsoft has a tool to synchronize public folders across forests and it works great.
Here is a more detailed article.

http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Configuring-InterOrg-Replication-Tool.html

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