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I have no Free/Busy information in Exchange 2007 for my Outlook 2003 clients.

I am new to Exchange and need help making Outlook 2003 see the Free/Busy information on my Exchange 2007 server.  I have looked at other posts on this site but I seem to be missing the beginning  step somewhere.  

Our environment was setup new with Exchange 2007 but we had some problems and lost the server.  We created a new instance of Exchange (with a new host name) after we couldn't recover the original server.  I haven't had time to properly recreate and remove the original server yet so that might be part of our problem.  Exchange still sees two servers with the same exact services setup but the original server is gone.  We only have a one server Exchange 2007 setup.

I have tried these instructions from Microsoft:

But I have a problem in the results I get from this command:
get-publicfolder -Identity "\NON_IPM_SUBTREE\SCHEDULE+ FREE BUSY" -Recurse |fl

AgeLimit                       :
EntryId                        : 000000001A447390AA6611CD9BC800AA002FC45A0300D67B89884C532E4AAFD12982F47E777E0000000000040000
HasSubFolders                  : False
HiddenFromAddressListsEnabled  : False
LocalReplicaAgeLimit           :
MailEnabled                    : False
MaxItemSize                    :
Name                           : SCHEDULE+ FREE BUSY
ParentPath                     : \NON_IPM_SUBTREE
PerUserReadStateEnabled        : True
PostStorageQuota               :
Replicas                       : {}
ReplicationSchedule            : {}
RetainDeletedItemsFor          :
StorageQuota                   :
UseDatabaseAgeDefaults         : True
UseDatabaseQuotaDefaults       : True
UseDatabaseReplicationSchedule : True
UseDatabaseRetentionDefaults   : True
Identity                       : \NON_IPM_SUBTREE\SCHEDULE+ FREE BUSY
IsValid                        : True
OriginatingServer              : exc2.hdplus.local

I don't see the administrative group name in my output like the example from Microsofts KB article where they show:

Name : EX:/o=ORG NAME/ou=Exchange Administrative Group (FYDIBOHF23SPDLT)
Replicas : {}

What do I need to do to get this to work?

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Manpreet SIngh KhatraSolutions Architect, Project LeadCommented:
Go to Public FOlder Management console and expand System folders and then highlight FreeBusy folder and in the middle pane you would see the folder with the name of
EX:/o=ORG NAME/ou=Exchange Administrative Group (FYDIBOHF23SPDLT) - go to its properties and on the replication tab add the new server.
m-hansonAuthor Commented:
I have a blank box in the middle when SCHEDULE+ FREE BUSY is selected.  Which is the same response I get from the EMS.  

Any idea what I need to do to get the group to show up?
First - you need to remove the dead server.
The only way to do that is to use the recoverserver method. That basically means building a machine with the same name, adding it to the domain after resetting the original machine account and then installing Exchange using the switch. Then you can remove the server using add/remove programs. That may well have been the better option in the first place.

You normally would only see the admin group if you are co-existing with Exchange 2003. If this was a clean Exchange 2007 install then I don't' think you would see it.

Recover the server first, see if that brings system folders on that server. If it does, then you can work with those.

Manpreet SIngh KhatraSolutions Architect, Project LeadCommented:
Please go to EMC and to the Toolbox and Public Folder Management Console and Expand System Folders and then highlight Schedule+FreeBusy and right click and say new Public Folder and put the value "EX:/o=ORG NAME/ou=Exchange Administrative Group (FYDIBOHF23SPDLT)"
m-hansonAuthor Commented:
This is exactly the step I was missing.  Thank you so much for your assistance.
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