SBS 2008 - accidentally deleted Exchange first administrative group

Posted on 2009-02-08
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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
A few months ago I installed SBS 2008 and migrated from my old SBS 2003 setup.  Everything went mostly smooth but I did not correctly remove my old exchange server correctly and it has created problems with the public folders ever since.  I finally decided to muck about and try to fix the problem and I inadvertently deleted the "first administrative group" from active directory. Then I tried to delete the public folders database but I get:
Microsoft Exchange Error
The public folder database 'Public Folder Database' cannot be deleted.

Public Folder Database
The critical property 'PublicFolderHierarchy' is missing in the PublicFolderDatabase object 'DRAKE\Second Storage Group\Public Folder Database'.

I think this is related to my AD screw up but I have no idea how to fix.
Question by:tempus6
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Expert Comment

by:Jason Watkins
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I would begin by restoring the latest backup from which the first administrative group is known to be among.

I would send out a note to all exchange users asking them to not use e-mail until that backup has been restored.

Check it: http://blogs.technet.com/sbs/archive/2009/01/26/how-to-use-a-recovery-storage-group-in-sbs-2008.aspx


Accepted Solution

Netexperts earned 1500 total points
ID: 23585877
You can delete Public Folders from Exchange 2007 by using ADSI edit:-

Hope this helps

Author Comment

ID: 23586189
I am trying to understand the implications of just deleting the public folder in adsiedit.  I have taken a snapshot this time and deleted the public folder from adsiedit.  I then created a new public folder database in the exchange management console and everything is working fine now.  Is there a problem with what I have done? I can always revert if what I have done is a bad thing.

Expert Comment

ID: 23588341
If everything is working fine then that's normally a good sign. I would run Exchange Best Practice Analyzer though and maybe DCDIAG to check

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