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Warnings popping up when we open the Exchange 2007 console relating to an item not referencing the right server,

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Hi,

Thanks in advance for any insights from the Exchange 2007 guru's here.
We have a single Exchange 2007 server that was brought online to migrate another 2003 Exchange server to the 2007 platform, i.e. it was not an upgrade. Everything seems to have gone well until we started seeing the following error every time we open the Exchange Console. I should add that this just appeared, after working okay for several weeks. The other 2003 Exchange server no longer exists. I cannot find the place that it references the other server, but it seems to be pointing to it somehow although I thought we had eliminated all references (connectors, etc...) to the old box. Please help!!! We need to stop these messages.

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Microsoft Exchange Warning
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The following warning(s) were reported while loading topology information:

get-PublicFolderDatabase
Completed

Warning:
Object Server 2007 Exchange\First Storage Group\pfdatabase has been corrupted and it is in an inconsistent state. The following validation errors have occurred:

Warning:
The item "56b2d3dc-e62e-4855-835a-4cdccf37586c" in public folder referral does not reference an existing server.


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OK
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Question by:Laszlo Denes
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by:gupnit
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Hi,
Couple of questions here, are you using Outlook 2003 clients. Are you using Public Folders for anything ecept for Outlook 2003 clients. Of answers are NO for both, then go ahead and delete the PF and recreate if you need it.
Else, look at link and see if it helps ::: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/Email_Servers/Exchange/Q_23271658.html
Thanks
Nitin
 
 
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by:Laszlo Denes
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Hi Nitin,
 
Yes, we are using Outlook 2003 and the public folder is just for legacy purposes and not really used. What consequence will deleting have on the free/busy (I read somewhere that is where the free/busy is stored for clients to see the calendars)? I already saw the other posting and do not feel like spending 1000$ on a tool as management would never go for that option. Thanks!
 
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by:gupnit
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Hi Laz,
See for Outlook 2003 clients, availability information (free/busy) is made avaiable by design using PF, for Outlook 2007 CAS is used.
Deleting would affect Free/Busy and OAB.
In that case goto PF Properties and make sre that under Replciation there is nothing under that, delete that !
Thanks
Nitin
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by:Laszlo Denes
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Thanks Nitin - Tried to set replication to NEVER, but it did not like that... complained that
The item "56b2d3dc-e62e-4855-835a-4cdccf37586c" in public folder referral does not reference an existing server.
see screenshot....
If we delete and recreate it won't it just start complaining again?
Is there a way to edit it to not look at the old 2003 server or change it so it references the 2007 box (probably a stupid question since 2007 does not use the same technology)?
Also tried to set it to default values, but it still complains.
Cheers,
 
Laz
 
 

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by:gupnit
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Hi
  1. Start EMC --> expand Server Configuration --> click Mailbox -->select the public folder database --> click Properties --> In <Public Folder Database> Properties, click the Public Folder Referral tab and make sure that Referral Server is nothing other than ur current server
  2. Or, goto ADSIEDIT.MSC and search for the entryu "56b2d3dc-e62e-4855-835a-4cdccf37586c" let me know what u get
Please confirm
Thanks
Nitin
 
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by:Laszlo Denes
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I did notice, when I looked based on your advice, that we had a server without name (cost 100) sitting under the Public Folder Referral tab (likely the old server), but no record of our new server. I deleted the no name one, but it complained that I cannot add the server we are using since this referral cannot point to the same server. However, the error messages have disappeared. I believe that deleting the old entry must have fixed it. I will do the adsiedit tomorrow.... :-)
 
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Hi,
No need for ADSIEDIT, the old reference is gone thats it !!! NO need to add the server as it is the only server in ur setup.
The issue is resolved
Thanks
Nitin
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by:Laszlo Denes
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Thanks so much
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My pleasure !
 
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