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Exchange 2003 - Event 8207 error 0x80004005

All,

I have the following error on my exchange server ...

Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      MSExchangeFBPublish
Event Category:      General
Event ID:      8207
Date:            11/5/2008
Time:            4:16:45 AM
User:            N/A
Computer:      MAIL
Description:
Error updating public folder with free-busy information on virtual machine MAIL. The error number is 0x80004005.

For more information, click http://www.microsoft.com/contentredirect.asp.

This error is new. The only recent change to the environment was the removal, via dcpromo, of a test DC (The operation stated that it completed successfully. Said DC had no role defined just AD installed. It was not a GC, DNS, WINS or FSMO holder in anyway.

I have read the following ...

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/Email_Servers/Exchange/Q_23374649.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+0x80004005+2003+8207+error+event+exchang+msexchangefbpublish

... which mentioned this as a resolution ...

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;822444

I have gathered all the tools laid out in the KB articles. My questions are ...

Questions:
1) Will the corrective action mentioned in the KB articles corrupt/destroy/inflict damage/tank (to) my Information Store?

2) Is this activity transparent to the users or should it be done off hours?

All comments are appriciated.

Thank you,

Naerwen
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EddyGurgeCommented:
While I can certainly not guarantee this will be your perfect fix, I did this exact same fix about a month ago, and did it during business hours on a fifty user network, with no issues.  We don't use public folders much, but there was not any complaints.  It didn't fully fix the problem, but it was one of the steps after I screwed up the removal of an old exchange server, and forgot to clean up the public folder replication first.
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NaerwenAuthor Commented:
EddyGurge,
Do you know if there was any impact to your Information Store? Further, what was the complete solution you implemented?
Naerwen
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EddyGurgeCommented:
I had no store issues at all.  I would certainly do a full backup of the store before continuing of course, but I had no ill effects at all.  Along with that, I also had to go through all the public system folders and correct their replication settings.  It's been a while, and I might be missing another step, but those are the two that stick out the most to me.  You might want to look into all the replication information first, as it is easy, and moderately quick to do.  How many exchange servers do you have (include front end servers)?
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NaerwenAuthor Commented:
Eddygurge,
 
Apologies for the late response. I had a personal issue yesterday.
 
In any case, we have one exchange server that sits locally on the network and we have a GFI based smart host from which all mail is forwarded to/from that is physically at our site but is internet facing only.
Naerwen
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NaerwenAuthor Commented:
Eddygurge,
 
I have implemented the MS KB fix with no errors. I am out of the office today and will not be able to review the event logs until tomorrow.
 
Naerwen
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EddyGurgeCommented:
Great.  I hope that was the only issue.  If not, I'm sure we can finish it off.  Keep me posted!
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NaerwenAuthor Commented:
will do.
talk to you tomorrow.
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NaerwenAuthor Commented:
Eddygurge,
 
Apologies once again. I have recently found that I have a medical condition.
 
In any case, I have implemented the fix and found that the errors are, in fact, much more numerous than before the fix. I have turned on diag logging in hopes of finding something that I am missing.
Do you have further information?
 
Naerwen
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EddyGurgeCommented:
Is it the same error, or are there any other warnings or errors?
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NaerwenAuthor Commented:
Eddygurge,
 
It is the same error...

Event Type: Error
Event Source: MSExchangeFBPublish
Event Category: General
Event ID: 8207
Date:  11/11/2008
Time:  7:56:05 AM
User:  N/A
Computer: MAIL
Description:
Error updating public folder with free-busy information on virtual machine MAIL. The error number is 0x80004005.
For more information, click http://www.microsoft.com/contentredirect.asp.

... I'm kind of at a loss. I am not all that familiar with Exchange. Do you have any ideas where else I should look?
 
Naerwen
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EddyGurgeCommented:
Well, the next thing I would check is the replication settings for the public folders.  Even though you only have one Exchange server, one or more of these may have become messed up, or be referencing an incorrect server.

in Exchange System Manager, drill down to public folders, right click the public folders item and select 'view system folders'.  Right click every single thing listed under there, and if you can go to properties, do so and check the replication tab.  Each one should list your email server, and no other.  
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NaerwenAuthor Commented:
Eddygurge,
I believe that I have rectified the problem. I did the following ...
 http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;822444
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/284200
.... To recap, briefly, the following occured ...
 Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      MSExchangeFBPublish
Event Category:      General
Event ID:      8207
Date:            11/5/2008
Time:            4:16:45 AM
User:            N/A
Computer:      MAIL
Description:
Error updating public folder with free-busy information on virtual machine MAIL. The error number is 0x80004005.

For more information, click http://www.microsoft.com/contentredirect.asp.
 
After research and looking to this forum for resolution I tried
 
 http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;822444
The problem persisted and I researched some more and found ....

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/284200
 
... All I have to do now is wait until the morning to determine if this is in fact the final resolution to this issue.
 
Naerwen
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EddyGurgeCommented:
That's pretty funny, we both posted at the same time.
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NaerwenAuthor Commented:
Eddygurge,
 
To answer your question, I had looked at all the public folders just prior to posting. As such, I have verified that all the folders have only our MAIL server in the replication tab ... and none others.
Since I recreated the Schedule+ free/busy folder, even that has only the MAIL server listed.
I think we are good to go, but, like I said I would like to wait until the morning to confirm the event logs.
Naerwen
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EddyGurgeCommented:
If the Schedule+ free/busy folder was missing, then yes, I bet that was the last piece of the puzzle.  That was the last thing I was going to suggest.  Sounds like you basically will have gone through everything that I had to when this happened to me.
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NaerwenAuthor Commented:
Eddygurge,
I am happy to say the upon my arrival this AM, I have a clean event log on my Exchange.
Thank you for you help and attention.
Naerwen
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NaerwenAuthor Commented:
Eddygurge's assistance was critical to me finding the correct solution for this issue. While I am a little experienced, the additional set of eyes was most helpful. -Naerwen
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EddyGurgeCommented:
I appreciate the kind words, cheers!
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