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Public Folders : remove replication to old server

Hi,
I'm moving everything off our old Exchange 2000 Server onto a new Exchange 2003 SP2 cluster. So far I've completed moving all the mailboxes, but I have a question about public folders.
I initially replicated ALL public/system folders between both servers. I now have the below folders replicated on both new and old servers:  We will be completely deinstall exchange 2000 from old Exchange server and remove it from the network over the next few weeks. Question is , can I safely remove all these system folders from replicating to the old server now??

OAB Version 4      
controls      
OAB Version 3a      
OAB Version 2      
exchangeV1      
Schema      
img      
Schedule+ Free Busy Information - First Administrative Group      
views      
Organization Forms
EventConfig_UCS-COMM      
StoreEvents{F8FFA2F2-CAA4-4695-A9CF-0435B97D61CB}
internal      
globalevents
OWAScratchPad{F8FFA2F2-CAA4-4695-A9CF-0435B97D61CB}      
Offline Address Book - First Administrative Group      
StoreEvents{D5C5FFD8-CEFE-428D-A647-F5681A893E71}
internal
globalevents
schema-root
Default      schema-root\Default
microsoft      
OWAScratchPad{D5C5FFD8-CEFE-428D-A647-F5681A893E71}
exchweb      schema-root\microsoft\exchangeV1\exchweb
Offline Address Book - /o=UnitedCivic/cn=addrlists/cn=oabs/cn=Default Offline Address List

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you only need to take care of your custom public folders. FreeBusy folder, and Offline Address Book folders.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822931
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Hi,
In the http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822931 doc it states that "all public folders and SYSTEM folders that are housed on the first Exchange 2003 computer must be replicated to another Exchange 2003 computer"

I've done that. (all system folders are listed above)

The article then said to rehome : Offline Address Book, Schedule+ Free Busy Folder and Organization Forms folder to the new server.

There is no other information about rehoming the other system folders that were replicated to the new Exchange Server.

Therefore, I have the remaining system folders replicated between the new and old Exchange Server. The question is , what server do I remove the replica on for these remaining system folders? Remove replica on source Exchange server (soon to be retired) or the new destination Exchange Server?
These are system folders that are relied on by each local server therefore I think I'm stuck and can not remove them either.

Anyone run into this sort of issue before?
you don't have to worry about the other folders, they are either local only or to be taken care by system.

. I rarely see any client to have Orgaization Form, that's why I didn't mention that in first response.
Thanks Strongline,

So currently all these system folders are replicated between both servers, old and new.

Do you know what server I should remove the replication from for these system folders above?

Dean
Logically it will be the old server that will be gone. :-)

one tip:

Once you are ready to remove the old Exchange server, I mean the whole server, not just the public folder stuff, don't actually remove it, power it off for a few days before you uninstall.
Yes,I'll definately turn off the server first, thanks.  I've done a few of these migrations, just always a question on the system folders....

Because I'm afraid of turning off replication on either server old or new because they are key system folders. I'm gonig to wait until the old server is just about to be uninstalled , then remove the replication on it. that way if there is a problem it should be bad.  

One other thing I could do is just de-install exchange from the old server and that would probably take care of the turning off the replication automatically??

Any thoughts on either, experience?

Dean
Because I'm afraid of turning off replication on either server old or new because they are key system folders. I'm gonig to wait until the old server is just about to be uninstalled , then remove the replication on it. that way if there is a problem it should be bad.

>> In contrast, I will turn replication off asap to find out possible issues at early stage. As long as all mailboxes and public folders, including above 3 system folders, are fully replicated on new server, you should not get any complain from users - you might find a few error/warning in application log.

One other thing I could do is just de-install exchange from the old server and that would probably take care of the turning off the replication automatically??

>> no, it won't. you have remove server out of replica set.
Almost there,

so by removing the replication to the old server , i'm not in fact removing these system folders from the old server then?   I won't want to do that because I think they are key system folders.  I'm assuming I'm just breaking off replication.

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so it loses it's content for these system folders on the old server but not the structure, and that's okay then? I don't really know what is stored in these system folders.

I'll try this then next week after we move the incoming SMTP connection to the new server. I'm just coordinating a time to do this afterhours.

 Thanks for your help!!!

PS- Just to make certain- I'm talking about the system folders not the public folders.
I removed the system folder replication on to the old server and de-installed the server. Migration complete. Thanks.