[Last Call] Learn how to a build a cloud-first strategyRegister Now

x
?
Solved

Can't stop Exchange 2003 Public Folder Replication

Posted on 2007-10-14
8
Medium Priority
?
1,760 Views
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I've has SBS 2003 with Exchange SP2 running on our OLDSERVER for sometime.  We've built up quite a bit of data and SBS isn't going to fill our needs anymore.  I've purchased the Transition Pack and a new server.  Currently I have Windows 2003 Standard Server SP2 loaded on the new server and added as a Domain Controller.  I've moved the GC and other roles over tho the NEWSERVER.  All events were clean and everything looked great, so I installed Exchange 2003, then Exchange SP2 on the server.  In the Exchange System Manager everything seemed to show up right, both servers were there, etc.

So I moved to the next step of moving the Public Folders from OLDSERVER to NEWSERVER. I read the best way to do that was to add NEWSERVER to the replication, wait for everything to replicate, then remove OLDSERVER.  This seemed to be a BIG mistake!  Mail started building up in the "Messages Pending Submission"  immediatley.  I thought it would go away, but after 5 hours there were 40,000+ messages in there.  It just continued to go down hill from there.  This is a working environment and I don't have 3 weeks (or however long it will take to replicate 60GB of Public Folder Data) of network downtime.  I've already had 1 day of downtime and that was too much.

To fix the problem I choose to Stop Replication, then dismounted the Public Folder Store, I helped the process along by removing a lot of email in the Queue.  It took sometime but the Queues are back to normal and everything is working like it should (minus the Public Folders which are still dismounted)

I tempted to mount the public folder store again, remove NEWSERVER from replication, and wait to see if mail stopped building up in the Queue.  It didn't. There were thousands of messages in the Queue within a matter of minutes.

The bottom line is: I need to stop this replication storm and get client access to the Public Folders again, and eventually get them moved over to the NEWSERVER.  The OLDSERVER will be phased out once the Public Folders and Mailboxes are moved over.

I'm ususally good with Exchange, but I NEED HELP!
0
Comment
Question by:leeareanetworks
  • 5
  • 3
8 Comments
 
LVL 104

Expert Comment

by:Sembee
ID: 20073779
What you did was correct. The problem is that something is blocking the messages from flowing to the other server.
Common reasons for that is AV software on the server blocking the local port 25 traffic, a smart host on the SMTP virtual server, and connection restrictions on the SMTP virtual server.
You should also verify that the servers can talk to each other on port 25, using ip address, name and the FQDN.

Simon.

--
If your question has been answered, please remember to accept the answer and close the question.
0
 

Author Comment

by:leeareanetworks
ID: 20073818
I've verified SMTP from each server using IP Address and FQDN.

I was running and have disabled GFI Mail Essentials and Symantec AntiVirus Corporate.

I've also turned on Replication Logging, and I'm seeing Message Sent, and Message Received Events in the Application Event log.

0
 

Author Comment

by:leeareanetworks
ID: 20073838
These are what I see filling up the Queue:
Sender-
 "/o=DOMAIN/ou=first administrative group/cn=Configuration/cn=Servers/cn=NEWSERVER/cn=Microsoft Public MDB" <NEWSERVER-IS@domain.com>
Envelope Recipients-
SMTP:OLDSERVER-IS@domain.com;
0
Making Bulk Changes to Active Directory

Watch this video to see how easy it is to make mass changes to Active Directory from an external text file without using complicated scripts.

 

Author Comment

by:leeareanetworks
ID: 20073845
I still have the Public Folder dismounted, and replication STOPPED, and these messages are still filling up the Messages Pending Submission, then moving over to the Local Delivery Queue.
0
 

Author Comment

by:leeareanetworks
ID: 20073871
Ok, I found out that I had messages sitting in the outgoing Queue on NEWSERVER that were filling up the Queue on OLDSERVER.  Doesn't that suggest that they are communicating?
0
 
LVL 104

Expert Comment

by:Sembee
ID: 20073904
If you have a store dismounted then you need to mount it again so that the messages can be delivered. Dismounting the public folder store was a mistake.

Simon.

--
If your question has been answered, please remember to accept the answer and close the question.
0
 

Author Comment

by:leeareanetworks
ID: 20073932
I was just doing what I could to get the server accessible.  I've mouted the Public Folder Store now.  Messages are still building up on OLDSERVER, though they are not building up on NEWSERVER.  Is there other ways I can check to see what problems if any there are in getting data between the servers?
0
 
LVL 104

Accepted Solution

by:
Sembee earned 1500 total points
ID: 20080933
If they are building up on the old server destined for the new server then something is blocking the connection.
Disabling AV software is not enough - it has to be removed to ensure that is not causing a problem.

Messages queueing can also indicate a problem with the domain. I have seen instances before where the messages were being NDR back when replicating.

Simon.

--
If your question has been answered, please remember to accept the answer and close the question.
0

Featured Post

VIDEO: THE CONCERTO CLOUD FOR HEALTHCARE

Modern healthcare requires a modern cloud. View this brief video to understand how the Concerto Cloud for Healthcare can help your organization.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Here in this article, you will get a step by step guidance on how to restore an Exchange database to a recovery database. Get a brief on Recovery Database and how it can be used to restore Exchange database in this section!
There can be many situations demanding the conversion of Outlook OST files to PST format and as such, there is no shortage of automated tools to perform this conversion. However, what makes Stellar OST to PST converter stand above the rest? Let us e…
To show how to create a transport rule in Exchange 2013. We show this process by using the Exchange Admin Center. Log into Exchange Admin Center.: First we need to log into the Exchange Admin Center. Navigate to the Mail Flow >> Rules tab.:  To cr…
Exchange organizations may use the Journaling Agent of the Transport Service to archive messages going through Exchange. However, if the Transport Service is integrated with some email content management application (such as an anti-spam), the admin…
Suggested Courses

830 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question