Exchange 2007 - Public Folder on a CCR removal


I have an issue where we have a public folder on a CCR cluster, the database will not mount "you must run restore-storagegroupcopy before you can mount the database".

Not able to run restore-storagegroupcopy because "Cannot be restored. The database will remain dismounted because it is a public folder database and public folder replication is enabled.."

I'm seriously regretting putting a PF replica on that server and want rid of it :)

I did previously replicate all data onto other servers but a couple of system PF's still remain, not being able to mount the PF DB means I can't remove those replicas and besides, none of the articles I've seen result in successful removal of those PF replicas.

Bit of a catch-22 situation it seems, any suggestions?

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Manpreet SIngh KhatraSolutions Architect, Project LeadCommented:
numiscorpAuthor Commented:
Hi Rancy,

When I was able to mount the DB I did try those scripts and all but two system related PF's were successfully moved. The current problem of not being able to mount the DB is preventing me from trying again.
Manpreet SIngh KhatraSolutions Architect, Project LeadCommented:
If nothing works take a backup of the DB for PF store delete and re-create a new PF Store rather then fighting for hours on it.
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numiscorpAuthor Commented:
Unable to remove the DB as "Unable to determine if the store has local replicas" (which do exist) because the DB isn't mounted and won't mount.

Or do you mean some other way of deleting other than through ESM?
Manpreet SIngh KhatraSolutions Architect, Project LeadCommented:
If you cannot remove through EMC we can surely do through the RAW directory that is ADSIEDIT or even through Sites and Services.

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numiscorpAuthor Commented:
Thanks for that, deleting the PF using adsiedit did the trick, fortunately I had previously replicated data off so it wasn't such a scary thing to do.

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