Exchange 2007 server to a new 2007 Server

Setup:
Exchange 2007 Std on a creeky old server, I want move its contents onto a nice shiney new one (W2k3 both servers).

Progress so far:
a) I have installed the new server
b) I have moved all mailboxs to the new server
c) I have used the MoveAllReplicas.ps1 -Server old_mail -NewServer new_mail

Everything works fine.....

So now I foolishly I think that I can turn off the old_mail server. HOWEVER when I dismount the second mail store on the old_mail server the public folders (which are now ONLY on the new_mail server) dissappear

I did the "Press CTRL and right click the Outlook 2003 system Icon" to get the Exchange connections and it points to the new_mail server for mail, but old_mail for the public folders!

I am confused, I have read so many things now, I am not sure what is going on.

I just want to be able to switch the old_mail server off and set at it with a big hammer :)

Thanks in advance.
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matthewbeavisAsked:
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MesthaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Not really sure what you are expecting from Microsoft. The Exchange 2007 documentation is widely acknowledged to be some of the most comprehensive of any software product from any developer in the world.

Outlook will look at other public folder stores if the public folder that it wants is located elsewhere.
If you have used the the script to move all of the replicas and it has worked successfully, then when you run get-publicfolderstatistics on the old server it should show no content at all. If the output of that command shows content then replication isn't working correctly.

As I wrote above, you need to check that the default public folder store on the mailbox store of the new server is pointing to the correct public folder store.
Then ensure that all of the content has replicated across.

Simon.
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MesthaCommented:
You cannot just turn off the old server.
You need to complete the migration, which includes confirming that all public folders, services etc have been moved to the old server. Then attempt to remove it using add/remove programs.

Check the Mailbox Database is not pointing to the old server for public folders.

Simon.
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matthewbeavisAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the response.

I know I need to "complete the move" I dont want to continue from this point unless I know simply uninstalling old_mail exchange 2007 server will fix this public folder problem, what I dont understand is how does exchange tell outlook and everyone else that the public folders are now on the new_mail server?

When I moved the mailboxes outlook simply choose the correct server BUT when I moved the public folders (and yes there are none left on the old_mail server) outlook still looks at the old_mail server, even though there is no data there, even stranger is that I can see all the public folders fine, I can change edit etc.

If uninstalling exchange 2007 on old_mail server will do this, then great, but forgive me if i am not confident espically when the MS information on this is lacking badly.


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