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Migration from Exchange 2000 to 2003 Public System folder problem (scheduler free/busy  --  Offline address book)

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I am currently in a migration from a fully patched Windows2000/Exchange 2000 box to Windows 2003/Exchange 2003.  

After following countless tutorials/migration (including using pfmigration.wsf) guides I still can't get the System Public Folders to replicate from the old 2000 box to the new 2003 box.  I have set them as replication partners (6 weeks ago) and have uninstalled all antivirus that reside on both machines.  The Windows 2003 firewall is disabled and Active Directory replication through AD Sites and Services gives successful replication messages when a replication force is initiated.  

I am getting the the point where this migration has to happen soon, within 2 weeks.  My questions are
1)  Is there a way to force the replication of these folders?
2)  If i can't get these folders to migrate how can I repair them if I migrate the mailboxes to the new 2003 server and disconnect the old 2000 box.  I know this is not the best way to do a migration but if the folders won't replicate I am kinda stuck.

If anyone can be of any help that would be great.  If you reply with a method to fix this and can include a URL would be appreciated.  
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by:hau_it
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i dont know if this is the best solution but you can always export the public folders in a pst file and then inport them to the new server.

But first you should check the replication. Consider this solution as a last step.

Dimitris
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You can't export these files to a pst.  They are system folders  ...not standard public folders.
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by:Mestha
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Public Folder replication off Exchange 2000 is VERY slow. It can take weeks, but six weeks is a bit much.
Have other public folders replicated across correctly?
Try removing the replica, waiting about an hour, then putting it back in again and restarting the information. Then use message tracking on both servers to see if the replication traffic is going across. You should see it on both servers, with the final line being a delivered to store on the new server.

AD Sites and Services has nothing to do with it, so that can be ignored.

Simon.
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by:hansoninfosys
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I am not migrating any other public folders.  There are folders hanging out there but they are now obsolete and will not be in service on the new server.  The only thing that I need to move are the Scheduler and OAB folders.

What and how would I track those folders replications through Message Tracking?   Is there some sort of logging I would need to turn on?
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Is message tracking enabled? If not then you need to enable it. It is something I enable by default. If you enable the subject tracking as well it is easy to see what is happening.

When you look at the message tracking through the Message Tracking Center under tools the replication traffic is easy to spot as the sender is SERVER-IS@ domain.com (where server is your Exchange server's real name).

If you are not replicating anything else then I would suggest that you delete the folders that you do not want.

Simon.
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Hansoninfosys:

you have to make sure to add the server you want to replicate to, re-homing the public folders is pretty straight forward but can take a week or two for replication before you cut the dependencies of the first server. in ESM go to public folders and expand it, right click on the root of Public Folders and select View System Folder, you will see additional folders pop up. make sure that under each of those folder's properties you have added the server you want to replicate to under the Replication tab, you must do this for each folder but you must be in System Folders view.

also here are some additional resources:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/185010

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/288150

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I have removed all public folders except for the system public folders.  I have reset all replication on the servers and still nothing.  Can anyone answer my above question about how to fix the exchange if i force the removal of the first server without transferring Free/Busy and OAB?
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