Some public folders from Exchange server not copied across, (via PST's), to new server, how to retrieve them??

Posted on 2007-10-18
Last Modified: 2010-03-06
I have moved my client to a new faster Windows 2003 SBS Standard sp2 R2 server from an older server, also with Windows 2003 SBS Standard sp1.
Although the new server is on the same subnet as the old one, I set it up from scratch and recreated all the users, profiles, mailboxes etc.
The new server has a different domain name to the old one, new forest etc. etc.
I moved all the data across, created all the shares etc, exported all the exchange data into PSt's and pumped them back into exchange.
I copied the public folder contacts into a user's mailbox and also exported that as a PST and pumped that back into the new exchange public folders.

For some reason, 4 contact subfolders did not show up in the new public folder structure.
A user told me that there were definitely contacts in these subfolders on the old server and that they were not emply.

The public folders PST file I used to import them now seems to be empty, maybe as a consequence of me dragging them into the new public folder structure, rather than copying and pasting them across.

I looked on the old server public folders with Exchange System Manager and the missing folders are there but when I connect with an outlook client to the old server, the folders are not there.

I read something somewhere on the Internet about public folders replicating between each other.
Has this happened here and overwritten these folders on the old server?
How can I access and retrieve these contacts?
Question by:DaveW2000
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    Accepted Solution

    if they are not on either server, a backup is the only way you will. check the rights on the folders 1st tho, maybe its not got rights to read or something, try resetting all the rights back to full access for a user.
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    Expert Comment

    There shouldn'#t be any replications between the two server as SBS don't support multiple domain & trusts. As Dave said check the permission on the PF and reset it so that you have FULL control.

    Author Comment

    I checked the rights to these subfolders and yes, there were no permissions for the user I used to copy over all of the public folders into the users mailbox and then out as a PST.
    I presume that's why these folders did not export into my PST.

    I have now changed the permissions to 'Owner' from Exchange System Manager and gone back into Outlook, but still they do not show up??

    Author Comment

    In Exchange System Manager, I can see the folders I want, their size in KB's and the number of contacts in there but they just don't show up in Outlook or OWA, even as Administrator.
    There must be something obviously wrong here, what else can I try?

    Author Comment

    I have changed 'default' permissions to 'Owner' and now I can see the folders.
    Do either of you know if 'default' overrides permissions set for users, even if you make that person an 'owner', as 'default' is set by default to 'none', a bit like deny ntfs permissions overriding allow permissions??
    LVL 23

    Assisted Solution

    No its the other way round. User permission overrides default.

    Author Comment

    Thanks for your help, sorry not closed question off before.
    I am going to split points between you two.

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