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I'm doing a swing migration of my existing Exchange 2003 server to new hardware using the guide at http://www.amset.info/exchange/migration.asp.  I've added the second server to the Exchange organization and have gotten as far as setting up public folder replication.

I've set the folders to replicate to the new server but nothing is actually replicating.  Under ESM > Folders > Public Folders, if I look at one of the folders I'm trying to replicate and look under the replication tab, it shows 'In Sync' for the existing server and 'Local Modified' for the new server.  Under the status tab, it shows the size and item count for the existing server, but lists nothing for size or item count for the new server.

If I right-click the new server and select synchronize now, I get the following error:

"The Microsoft Exchange Information Store service could not find the specified object:

ID no: c1041722
Exchange System Manager"

I found the following thread, which seems to document the exact same problem, but the links referenced there no longer work and no resolution was ever posted:

http://www.petri.co.il/forums/archive/index.php/t-10608.html
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I wrote the original article. As I stated in there, the sync status should be ignored.
If the item count is zero, then nothing has been replicated. Do the tests - ensure that the servers can telnet to each other on port 25, there is no smart host set, nothing blocking SMTP traffic. The replication traffic should show in the message tracking system, including a delivery of the email to the other server.

Simon.
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Thanks.  I am ignoring the sync status and looking at number of items (>0 on old and null on new) on each server.  Yes, the servers can telnet to each other, and there are no smart hosts set.  

In message tracking, on server1 (old server) I see replication traffic from "Public Folder Store (server1)" to "Public Folder Store (server2)", but it shows that it's being delivered locally on server1.

On server2, I see replication traffic from server2 to server1 and the last thing in the history is an outbound transfer of message via smtp to server1, but this doesn't show up as being received on server1.

My firewall is still forwarding SMTP to server1.  I've moved my mailbox over to server2 and am still able to send and receive e-mail from the Internet, so I am 100% certain that SMTP between server1 and server2 is working.
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Message tracking should show the data as SERVER-IS@ domain.com (where SERVER is the name of the server) with the content being delivered to the other server. You should then see the message arrive on the other server and be delivered to the store?

If you are not seeing the content delivered to the other server then that could be a connection restriction or authentication type not enabled on the SMTP virtual server.

Simon.
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by:FWeston
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I don't see anything like that in message tracking.  There are no restrictions on the smtp virtual servers and the authentication options are all set at defaults (all auth methods enabled).  When I go under public folders in ESM, choose a folder, click the status tab, right-click the folder on server1 and choose synchronize content, it doesn't appear to do anything.  I check the smtp log file on both servers and I don't see any related traffic.  If I do the same thing for server2, then I get the error message mentioned in the OP.
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Sync content I wouldn't expect to do anything.
If you do not see anything like what I have said in the message tracking centre then I doubt if the content is moving across at all.
Presuming that both servers are listed as replicas, have you tried the Send Content Now command ?

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Yes.  When I try doing that, I see messages like I described in my first comment in message tracking.
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The RUS hadn't assigned an email address to the public folder store on server2.  Following this article allowed me to confirm that, and once I realized what the problem was and fixed it, the folders migrated right away.

http://www.msexchange.org/articles/Public-Folder-Replication-Troubleshooting.html
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