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Redirect Public folders

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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Our current Exchange Environment is 4 node Cluster (Active/Passive) where our Public folder mail store reside on Exchange backend server 1 and it replicates with our Exchange Front end server.

We are scheduled for one week shut down of our entire Machine room as we are relocating our Data Centre to another location. Our Third party external company are offering email continuty service to keep our email recieving/send as it will be routed via them while our email system will be shut down, however they do not cater for Public folder.

My main concern is mail enabled Public folders which are heavily used. Is there anyway we can get around this where users will be able access the public folders while our Exchange system is down? what other alternative solution can be considered?


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Nick SitarSenior IT Consultant

Considering that your users are not going to be able to access their true outlook or OWA client during this transistion, I would have to say no, there is no way for them to access the public folders.  The incoming and outgoing email for your company will be only on the 3rd party's system, which most likely has it's own web access client.  The public folders are to integrated into exchange to just lift a copy of them out for others to access without using exchange itself.


Apologise...bit confused now!

What do you mean "The public folders are to integrated into exchange to just lift a copy of them out for others to access without using exchange itself" - could you explain bit in detail??
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The public folders are a critical piece in exchange... it hosts more than just folders with email in it.  They are used for Free/busy information, offline address book storage, etc.  So, to try and bring just the public folders online outside of running your full exchange environment, would not work very well.  Any new information put into those folders would most likely be lost, or cause harm to your exchange environment.  This is all mostly a moot point considering there is a good chance that there is no way to just mount your public folder store by any other method than your own exchange servers.  I was more trying to explain why a 3rd party solution couldnt make your folders available during the move.

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