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Trying to remove a Public Folder Store

Posted on 2008-06-11
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I am growing increasing frustrated trying to remove a Public Folder Store on an Exchange 2007 mailbox server I am trying to decommission. There are no mailboxes on this server and I want to simply uninstall Exchange. When I execute the PS command get-PublicFolderStatistics, I get back 4 Public Folders which are below:

global events
Internal
Default
Exchange V1

I can't find replicas on this server anywhere!! I used PFAdmin and searched and searched but I can't find a replica for these folders on this server. What does the moveallreplicas.ps1 command do? Will this get rid of them. I found other posts on the Internet with admins in the same boat I am in. A couple just went into ADSIEdit and deleted the Public Folder Store. Is this a viable solution?
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by:rakeshmiglani
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if the PF store is no longer required then it can be deleted via adsiedit.msc
just be sure of what object you are deleting via adsiedit.msc
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by:AmityNA
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If you are decomissioning it and uninstalling exchange I would see no hurt in deleating the public folder store with adsIEdit
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by:osiexchange
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OK, I am down to two folders. I got rid of most of the System Folders I mentioned. I have two left with zero content in them. When I run the command get-PublicFolderStatistics |FL, in the details, the setting for IsDeletePending is set to true. How long does it take to remove this folder? Is there anything to speed up the process?  Is there a command to remove a single replica in the powershell?
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by:AmityNA
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Has it resolved itself or is it still running?
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by:osiexchange
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I have one replica left that won't go away. Its marked for deletion and has zero content but it insists on hanging around. I can't remove the store while this folder is still there.
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by:AmityNA
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Have you tried rebooting sorry for the delay in the response
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by:osiexchange
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Yes. Rebooted several times.  I know these folders can hang around for days until Exchange decides to remove them. I just didn't want to wait that long.
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AmityNA earned 250 total points
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Yeah there is not to much you can really do they will hang for awhile exchange is a little funky like that just wait it out
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by:osiexchange
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OK. Thanks for you help on this.
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