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Exchange 2003 Public Folder Replication and Migration to Exchange 2010

I have an Exchange 2010 server and an Exchange 2003 server that I am migrating off of, or transitioning as Microsoft wants to label it.  The 2010 box has a public folder database and I've setup all the 2003 public folders to include the 2010 database on their replication.  When I look at the public folder manager on 2010, I can see all the system and normal public folders, but there is no content in any of them.  The replication status on 2003 shows "Local Modified" for the 2010 copy.  Users on 2010 see the public folders, but again, there is no content.  

I have checked the queues on 2003 and there is nothing held up in there.  I'm not sure why replication is not being done.
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AkhaterCommented:


if from 2010 EMS you run Get-PublicFolderStatistics what is the results ?

did you, from the 2003 System Manager right click on public folder and clicked on move all replicas to and selected the 2010 ?
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jpletcher1Author Commented:
The results list all the folders but 0 for the items in them.

I was hoping to have them on both servers until we got everyone moved over to 2010.  Can I just have them replicated for now until that time?
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AkhaterCommented:
yes you could but I mean what did you do to replicate them ?
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jpletcher1Author Commented:
I added the 2010 server's public folder store to the list of replicated servers on all the public folders.  Shouldn't that create a copy on 2010 and keep them in sync?
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AkhaterCommented:
if you added them to all public folders then it should be enough.

on your 2003 right click on public folders and click on "resend changes" and select from 2003 to 2010 for the last, say, 30 days.

check in the even log of your hub server any think showing /?
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jpletcher1Author Commented:
We have all the roles on one machine.  I resent changes for one of the public folders and checked the application and system event logs.  Nothing shows.  Also tried the command from earlier to see if any items populated, but still at 0.
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AkhaterCommented:
can you on 2003 freeze the queue between 2003 and 2010 and try to resend changes again ?

can u locate the email sent from the 2003 in the queue ? if yes please note down it from or to address
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jpletcher1Author Commented:
Gave that a try, but all the messages in the queue were legit emails from and to people.
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AkhaterCommented:
so u didn't see any email from the information store pending in the queue ?
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jpletcher1Author Commented:
no, just normal emails from a person's address (user on Exchange 2003 or from Internet) to another person's address (on Exchange 2010) as you would expect.
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AkhaterCommented:
on your 2010 side if you try to check the tracking logs after you initiate a resend, can you see anything coming from the 2003 server?
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jpletcher1Author Commented:
I resent the changes, checked the tracking logs and the last thing I see is the notification email from Experts Exchange letting me know you had posted :)  So no, nothing showing up there.
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AkhaterCommented:
if you go to any given PF and you check it replication tab can you see both the 2003 and the 2010 server?

can you share a screenshot maybe ?
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jpletcher1Author Commented:
Here an example.  The 2003 server is the one with name (EXC591...) and the Public Folder Database one is the 2010 server.  Not sure why the 2010 one doesn't also say the server name in ( ) after it, but maybe that's just the way it is.
pubfold.JPG
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AkhaterCommented:
ok it is not that I am doubting you but how are you resending changes ?
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jpletcher1Author Commented:
I ran the Exchange BPA on Exchange 2010 and it was complaining that the RUS server wasn't valid.  I had it still pointed to the Exchange 2003 server.  I changed that to point to the Exchange 2010 server instead.  Aftre that when I did a manual resend changes, the folder replicated.  I spoke with MS Support and they said this should have nothing to do with public folder replication, but I know this was the only change I had made, so that is odd.  Now I just need to verify that the changes since the manual resend are taking place.
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AkhaterCommented:
i need to say just like MS said this has nothing to do with PF replication
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jpletcher1Author Commented:
I may have also dismounted and remounted the public store on the Exchange 2010 server during this time, but I can't remember for sure.  That may have also had something to do with it.
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AkhaterCommented:
what counts is that it is working

show now when you run on Get-PublicFolderStatistics
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jpletcher1Author Commented:
Thanks for your help Akhater.  I wish I had something definitive that I could post that actually got this going so others with a similar issue could go off, but I can't say for sure.  Either way, you deserve the points for all the troubleshooting.
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AkhaterCommented:
thank you and sure am glad it is working ?
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