Public folder replication from Exchange 2000 to 2007 item count doesn't match even after 3 weeks

I have installed Exchange 2007 SP1 into an existing Exchange 2000 organization and configured public folders to replicate to the 2007 SP1 box which is appeared to do without issue including the hierarchy. I see no errors in the app log and have tracked messages from the servername-IS@ addresses which also appear to be flowing without issue. The problem is that some public folders still do not have the same item count. For example, one folder on the E2K box has an item count of 1912 while the E2K7 box has a count of 1111. I keep reading that it just takes a long time to replicate but it's been three weeks now and the total info store size for public folders on E2K is only 100MB. A week after the numbers above, the same folder on E2K has 1917 and the E2K7 box has 1116 so it seems as if maybe the replication only takes a certain date range maybe? How do I get them to match up??

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MesthaCommented:
An item mismatch is not unusual, I rarely see the public folders 100% match. Many reasons for that including deleted and corrupt items being skipped during the replication. However that is a rather large mismatch.

Public Folder replication if Exchange 2000 is very slow. Weeks is not unusual. However if the folder has stopped and only increases at the same rate, then that maybe all there is to replicate. If you connect to the public folder using an account on the old server and look at the content in the folder, does that come anywhere near close to the item count?

Simon.
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MultiTrendsAuthor Commented:
I don't have any mailboxes left on the old server but I've tried looking at the content item count of both public folders from ESM on 2000, Public Folder GUI on E2K7 and using the Get-PublicFolderStatistics from EMS. They all show the same item count for each public folder.
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AbhijeetNigamCommented:
pls try this cmdlet
Get-PublicFolderStatistics | Update-PublicFolder
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MultiTrendsAuthor Commented:
That command asks for a source server identity and if I put the E2K box it complains that it's E2K3 or earlier so I use the E2K7 server name. The command then outputs a bunch of errors stating that it cannot start content replication against public folder '\foldername' on public folder database 'E2K7\Second Storage Group\Public Folder Database'

I haven't counted but it appears to report the same error for every public folder.
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MesthaCommented:
If you don't have a mailbox on the old server then you will need to create one so that you can verify the status of the public folders through Outlook.

Simon.
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MultiTrendsAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the delay in posting. I didn't get a chance to try this until now. I created a new mailbox on the E2K server and looked at the public folders using Outlook from accounts on both servers and neither show an item count for the public folders from Outlook, only the folder size.

Any other suggestions for confirming all data has been transferred so that I can uninstall E2K?

Thanks.
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MesthaCommented:
Not sure what you were expecting.
When you open Outlook, you need to open the public folder in Outlook, the item count will be shown in the bottom left corner. For calendar you may have to switch it to category view to see the item count. It doesn't show you the item count on the properties of the folder.

Simon.
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MultiTrendsAuthor Commented:
Thanks for pointing out that you need to view it in category mode to see the total item count in Outlook, all folders are calendars.

I checked with a mailbox account on both servers and the two biggest public folder calendars show the same item count using Outlook. I also tried the same test with the public folder store dismounted on E2K and it too shows the same so it appears that both Outlook users are all viewing the public folders on E2K7.

I haven't heard any complaints of missing data in public folders for 4 weeks now so maybe they are synched?
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MesthaCommented:
As I said in my first post - item mismatch in Exchange is not unusual, it is what Outlook can see that is key. If you are confident the content has copied across then proceed with the next step of removing the old server form the list of replicas.

Simon.
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MultiTrendsAuthor Commented:
- Ended up removing Exchange 2000 and all was good.
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