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Cannot delete stale public Folders in Exchange 2007??

Posted on 2009-07-09
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I'm trying to remove a public folder database from one of my exchange 2007 servers but am unable to because there are two instances on the server.  I've removed the exchange server from all the replicas however there are two folders that are still in the database.  Is there a command that I can run to clear the copies in this servers local DB?

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Check the command for to move content in a tree of folders from one server to another
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb331970.aspx
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by:bigz71
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I do not want to move the contents to another server.  I want to delete it all since it is stale.
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Use command Remove-PublicFolder -Identity "\My Public Folder" -Server "My Server"
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If i run that command it deletes the actual public folder from the exchange environment and i don't want that.
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Did you remove all replicas for this server PF DB?
When you dismount and delete this PF DB what is the exact error which you are getting?
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by:bigz71
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This is the error with the DB dismounted:

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Microsoft Exchange Error
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The public folder database 'Public Folder Store' cannot be deleted.

Public Folder Store
Failed
Error:
Exchange is unable to check the public folder replicas for "LUXEXCH1\First Storage Group\Public Folder Store". Verify the Microsoft Information Store service is running on luxexch1.noco.corp, and that the database is properly mounted.

MapiExceptionMdbOffline: Unable to determine if the store has local replicas (hr=0x80004005, ec=1142)


This is the error with the DB mounted:

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Microsoft Exchange Error
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The public folder database 'Public Folder Store' cannot be deleted.

Public Folder Store
Failed
Error:
The public folder database "LUXEXCH1\First Storage Group\Public Folder Store" contains folder replicas. Before deleting the public folder database, remove the folders or move the replicas to another public folder database. For detailed instructions about how to remove a public folder database, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=81409.





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User ADSIEDIT to remove it.
refer the part "To use ADSI Edit to remove the reference to the public folder store from Active Directory" from given article.
http://searchexchange.techtarget.com/tip/0,289483,sid43_gci1302366_mem1,00.html

In your case you need to select the Ex2007 admin group and the server where the PF is located.. then navigate to the PF store as explained in the article and delete it.
Note Take a system state backup before you do adsiedit.
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You need to remove the PF database manually.
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