move public folder store from one server to another

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I've added a new E2K3 server and want to take the original offline.  I've moved all the mailboxes, roles, etc to the new server already, but I want to move the public folders as well.  The problem is that there are a lot of them, and various levels deep, and I don't want to have to set replication on hundreds of folders, one at a time.  Is there a way to do one of the following:

1. force replication settings down through all public folders (much like NTFS permissions)
2. do some sort of 'backup' of the public folder store and restore it to the new server

both servers are in the same site, domain, and subnet.
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The backup restore method almost certainly will not work.
Exchange 2003 SP2 does have a propagate settings wizard which can be set at the top level of each folder and pushed down. Then you just need to wait. Fortunately it is not as bad as Exchange 2000 and older where the wait would be measured in weeks.

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where do I find this 'propagate settings wizard'?
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eureka!  In this article (http://www.petri.co.il/pf_improvements_in_exchangne2003_sp2.htm) I found this:

Moving Public Folder Replicas

Exchange 2003 SP2 also includes a new Move All Replicas option which makes it possible to move all public folder content from the public folder store on one Exchange server to another by using a few mouse-clicks. This is an extremely valuable feature if you for some reason need to uninstall Exchange 2003 from a server containing a public folder store. As many of you probably know you can’t uninstall Exchange 2003 from a server which still contains public folder replicas.

In order to move all replicas from one server to another you right-click the Public Folder Store in the Exchange system Manager then choose Move All Replicas as shown in Figure 9 below.


This is exactly what I've been looking for...
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It is part of ESM. When you right click on the folder and choose Manage settings. It brings up a wizard step through the wizard to add the replica and propagate the settings.

PFDAVADMIN I think will also add replicas.

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