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Public folders referral

I would like to know how PF referrals are used.
I believe that when you enable replication of PF between PF stores, you will have the same PFs in both PF stores. So, what's the role of referrals in this case?

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rakeshmiglaniCommented:
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
on the link above it tals about replicas.
If I understand the client(MSOutlook) sees the PF store that is connected to( BTW I don't know how it connects to the PF store and to which PF store it connects if there are many PF stores in the server)

So if a  public folder is not replicated to the PF store where the client is connected to, the client can't see it, and I don't know what referrals have to do in this case.
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rakeshmiglaniCommented:
by default an exchange server will have 1 PF store
the referrals are used when there are multiple exchange servers
lets say you have 2 exchange servers and public folders are not configured to replicate between servers
now, by default the PF hireracy is replicated between servers but the content is not.
in this case if the public folder content is on server2 and the mailboxes are on server1
so when the users on server1 try to access the content of a PF, the PF store on server1 will reffer them to the PF store on server2 as the PF store on server2 has the contents of the PF that the user is trying to access.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
First, I believe exchange server can have up to 4 PF store, one in each storage group. correct?
If so which store will MSOutlook show up or connect to?

when you say by default the hierarchie is replicated to all servers, example:

Public folders
  All public folders
    folder1
    Content1
    folder2
    folder3
    content3

that's what the user will see from MSOutlook.Correct? If so these folders and contents should be in the server and the PF store where the MSOutlook is connected to. So I still don't know why should be referrals?


another example:
if you are in your house, anything that you can see you can grab it, if you don't have something in your house, how do you know if your neighboor has it since you can't see what's in your neighboor house.






Thanks

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jskfanAuthor Commented:
any updates???
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rakeshmiglaniCommented:
in the mailbox store properties in exchange system manager there is an option to specify the default public folder store
that is the public folder store that the outlook clients will connect
the hierarchiy that you have mentioned above is what users will see in outlook
if you have configured public folder replication to take place between all the servers then referral does not happen
but if replication is not configured that the default public folder store first checks whether it has the contents or not. if it does not has the contents then it reffers the user's request to the public folder store that has the contents
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
Let me raise the points to maximum and will have more chats on this question.

let's say there are four(04) PF and Mailbox stores in one exchange server.
User1 is connected to PF store 1
my question is what hierarchy does he see in MSOutlook, is it just the hierarchie and contents of PF Store1 or the hierarchie and contents of all PF stores??


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rakeshmiglaniCommented:
each exchange server can have only one PF store as that PF store is connected to the default PF Tree
If you create more PF stores then they must be associated with new PF trees
the default PF tree that you see in ESM is a MAPI tree which the users can access via Outlook
any additional trees will not be available via Outlook as they are general purpose trees and can only be viewed via OWA

The PF hierarchy is replicated to all the servers hosting PF stores in Exchange.  The hierarchy that the users views in outlook is the one that he gets from his default PF store
now, when he tries to access the contents of a PF that has contents on another server, his default public folder store will reffer his request to the public folder store which holds the contents
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
<<<<The PF hierarchy is replicated to all the servers hosting PF stores in Exchange.  The hierarchy that the users views in outlook is the one that he gets from his default PF store>>>>
Let me show you if I understand it through this example:

User1 is connected to server1 (PF store1), he will be able to see through MSOutlook the following hierarchy:
Public folders
  All public folders
    folder1
    Content1
    folder2
    folder3
    content3

We added another server2 to the same exchange organization and created PF store2 and some public folders:
Folder1server2
Content1server2
Folder2server2
content2server2

Now correct me if I am wrong:
 the Hierarchy replicated would enable users connected to PF store1in server1 as well as users connected to PF store2 to see in their MSOutlook the following:

Public folders
  All public folders
    folder1
    Content1
    folder2
    folder3
    content3
    Folder1server2
   Content1server2
   Folder2server2
   content2server2

Is that correct?
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rakeshmiglaniCommented:
that is correct
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