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Public Folder Instance Replica Stuck on SBS 2003 Server to be decommissioned

I am trying to decommission a SBS 2003 but I'm having trouble while following the Microsoft KB on removing the last Exchange Server from an organization.  It seems that there is one public folder instance stuck, and ESM won't let me delete the public folder store because of this.

This folder, the shared contacts, shows up as 1,578 KB in the old public folder instances.
This folder shows up as local modified in old server replication status, with no last sent date.
This folder shows up as 982 KB in the new server's (SBS 2008) public folder instances.
This folder shows up as both modified in new server replication status, with last sent date of two days ago.
Both servers list 2 as number of replicas.
This folder is not even listed under Public Folders on the old server.


I have tried moving all replicas and resending changes... several times.  The server was migrated over 24 hours ago, so it should be completed regardless.
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ITLighthouse

8/22/2022 - Mon
rakeshmiglani

do the items count match on the old and new server?
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wega1985

No they do not.  2,394 items on source server, 1,554 on destination.
rakeshmiglani

try to add a new item to this folder on the old server and check if the contents replicate to the new server.
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wega1985

How would you recommend going about that?  I was under the impression that Exchange 2007 is now in control of the public folders.  If I add a contact in OWA or a client, won't that just be adding it to the Exchange 2007 database?
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wega1985

I went ahead an added a contact in OWA.  The item count increased on the new server, then I could see it replicate to the old server, as the item count increased there too.  It looks like it can replicated new --> old, but not vice versa.
rakeshmiglani

do you have any user on the old server?
if yes try to open outlook using that user and then make a change to an existing item that has not replicated to the 2007 server.
once done, login using a mailbox that is on 2007 and check if the item has replicated.
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wega1985

When I try to point the browser to OWA on the old server, it quickly redirects to the new server.  I installed Outlook on the old server, and it automatically replaces the server name with the new server in the Exchange setup.  I don't think it's possible to access the old SBS 2003 exchange due to the migration wizard.
rakeshmiglani

if you are not interested in replicating this public folder to the new setup then you can delete the public folder store on the old server after the old server's name has been removed from the replica list of this public folder.
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wega1985

I have to replicate the remaining data to the new server, as users report contacts being missing.  It won't let me delete the public folder store as a precaution because all the data has not been successfully replicated.
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wega1985

We are definitely making progress.  I added a new user, exported the contents of the public folder, and am now planning on importing them back in.

What would be the next step, then, in getting rid of this replica on the 2003 server so I can uninstall exchange and demote the old server?
rakeshmiglani

before you import, check that you don't end up with duplicates.
after that remove the 2003 server from the list of replicas for this folder.
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wega1985

I ended up having to manually uninstall Exchange because I couldn't delete the remaining folder.
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ITLighthouse

I have almost the exact same problem, but when I created a new user on the old server and created the Outlook profile, I only see the public folder items that are already on the new server.  Any idea how I can export the that last public folder instance to a pst?
ITLighthouse

I'm sorry, nevermind.  I added the replica back to the old server and now I see all of the items in there.