Cant delete public folder store from Exchange 2003 during removal of last server after Exchange 2007 migration

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I need help.  I am in the last steps, literally, in the removal of the Ex2003 server after an Ex2007 migration.  I completed all necessary steps and everything in Ex2007 is working normally.  I followed the steps outlined by MS to properly remove the Ex2003 and when I attempted to uninstall via control panel it said that there was still a Public Folder store tied to this server, so I launched ESM and sure enough, the public folder store is now showing up here again, although it is completely empty.  It wont let me delete it as it says that there are replicas that need to be moved.  Keep in mind that I've already followed the proper steps to move all replicas to the new server and it wont just fine.  I can manually delete the .edb and .stm files and then remount and try to delete but it still wont let me.  

I've already removed the connectors to Ex2007 and completed all other steps outlined by MS to properly remove this server.  How can I get this empty public folder store deleted so I can continue the uninstallation process of Ex2003?  Please help.

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From Microsoft:

"In Exchange 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2), Exchange System Manager prevents you from removing a public folder store until all the public folder replicas have completed their background move process. Moving replicas can take several hours, or even days. If you remove a public folder store before replication has completed, you could lose public folder data. If you are running Exchange System Manager on an earlier version of Exchange, such as Exchange 2000, you must manually verify that the public folder replicas have moved before you remove the public folder store. To verify that the public folder replicas have moved, in Exchange System Manager, expand the server from which the replicas are moving, expand the storage group that contains the public folder store, expand the public folder store, and then select Public Folder Instances. If the details pane is empty for the public folder instances, the replicas have moved, and you can safely remove the public folder store."


this doesnt help.  as stated I've already completed all of these steps successfully months back, the server has been offline for awhile, now that I want to do the offical removal this is happening.  I've already removed all connectors to Ex2007 so there is nothing that needs to be replicated.  All users have already been using their Ex2007 mailboxes for months.
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Download the windows support tools from the following link...

Navigate to the following areas in ADSIEDIT.msc
CN=Configuration,DC=[DOMAIN NAME],DC=com
CN=Microsoft Exchange
CN=Exchange Organization name
CN=Administrative Groups
CN=Name of your Administrative Group (eg. First Administrative Group)
CN=Name of your Exchange 2003 server
CN=First Storage Group (i.e. name of the Storage Group which has public folder store)
CN=Public Folder Store (Server Name)
Right Click & then Delete the public folder store.....

Follow the to remove Exchange 2003 server completely.....


good deal, I suspected that ADSIEDIT would come into play here, but I didnt want to make any changes without confirmation.  Using this I was able to remove the database and associated store, now I have a new problem....when I try to unistall the Ex2003 product, it tells me that it cant uninstall because "one or more users currently use a mailbox store on this server, these users must be moved to a store on a different server or mail disabled."  

There are no databases or stores left on this server at all, how would it think that there are users using them?  Any clue what to try next?

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Users can still be homed on the server even with nothing on the server. If the user account has never been used, then the mailbox would never be created. You need to search the domain for user accounts that are homed on that server and either mail disable them or "move" their mailbox to the new server.


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