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How do I recover public folders that were deleted with system manager?

Posted on 2007-10-13
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The entire public folder directory was deleted from within system manager. If you were to look at my ESM you would be able to expand everything until you got to folders and then there would be nothing listed below it. If I go to a client machine I can see the public folders that use to be in System Manager. I need to get these folders back but I cannot reinstall Exchange or the OS, anything too crazy. I have tried to do the PFDavAdmin utility but I am not having any luck - either because I don't know what I am doing or because this is really messed up.....any help would be greatly appreciated. If you need any info just let me know.
Clients have Outlook 2007
Deleted Item Retention is turned on
Public Store is Mounted
I am a domain admin primary group domain user
When I open PFDavAdmin I can See the Public Folder and two deleted folders in red
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by:Haddion
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You should be able to right-click on the folder using PFDavAdmin and select Recover.

This kb explains in more detail:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/924044
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I see the option to recover the deleted subfolders but I need to recover the entire public folder tree. In PFDavAdmin when I right click on Public Folders I don't see the option to recover and it I try to recover the deleted subfolder that shows up in red below it I get a very long error message and the last line states that the resource is not found.
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Any chance I could see the full error message?  It's not immediately clear to me why the recovery is failing.
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error recovering folder. response:<?xml version="1.0"?> <a:mulistatus xmlns:b= "http://schemas.microsoft.com/repl/" xmlns: a="davi"> <a:response> <a:href> http://server1/exadmin/admin/server.com/public%20folders/-softdeleted-/-flat URL space-/ 4e6425000b76604499ca3591f856f847-7956</a:href><a:location>http://server1/exadmin/admin/server.com/public%20folders/it%20tasks%20recovered</a:location><a:status>http/1.1 404 resource not found </a:status><a:response><a:multistatus>

Thanks for the help!
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Well, that error has me at a bit of a loss, to be honest.  I think, perhaps, it might be time to turn to your backups :o(

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Noooo! That is not what I wanted to hear. I appreciate your help though!
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Sorry I couldn't suggest more :o)
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