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Public Folder replication issues with E2K7 to E2K10

Posted on 2010-09-07
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Hey all,

I recently added a E2K10 server to our domain and I'm in the process of migrating from E2K7 to E2K20.  I first moved my mailbox in case there are any issues.

Lets call the 2 servers E2K7 and E2K10.

I created a new PF database on the new E2K10 server. It seems that the Public Folder Hierarchy replicates between the 2 servers, but the content inside the folders do not?

When I have Mailbox Database on the E2K10 server pointed to E2K7 default public folder database, PF's work just fine on my mailbox.  However, when I change the default public folder database to the new database on the E2K10 server, I get "Cannot expand the folder. Microsoft Exchange is not available".

I have run the cmdlet "Get-PublicFolder \ -Recurse" on both servers and both show the correct hierarachy.

Does anyone know where to start on this issue?

Hopefully this makes sense.

Thank you,
Don Hess, MCP, A+

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Don
You have to run
AddreplicatoPFrecursive.ps1

cd $exscripts
AddReplicatoPFRecursive.ps1 –TopPulblicFolder <\folder> -ServerToAdd <servername>

check the guide here
http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2007/06/25/445429.aspx

Also check this on-going case of moving replicas and how to track them
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/Email_Servers/Exchange/Q_26455821.html

Post back questions.
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by:Pest-tech
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I have already run AddReplicatoPFRecursive.ps1 –TopPulblicFolder <\folder> -ServerToAdd <servername> on the old server and the new one.

I run both scripts on both servers pointing to each other, correct?

Thanks.

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by:sunnyc7
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You have to run it once @

run this from shell and see where things stand now;

get-messagetrackinglog -server ex2010 -start "9/7/2010" -sender ex2007-is@domain.com

Did you compare the size of PF database in 2007 and 2010 at present ?
did it move a bit (replication is on)
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by:Pest-tech
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I ran that that cmdlet and received nothing back.  Maybe I have the sender wrong? my E2K7 server is vns-svr-dc02.

The size of my PF database on E2K7 = 26,640 kb
The size of my PF database on E2K10 = 270,400 kb

Why the large size difference?
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by:sunnyc7
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Did the values change during the day ? Or is it stuck at those numbers

run this on ex 2010
get-publicfolder "\NON_IPM_SUBTREE" -Recurse | Select Name,Replicas
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by:Pest-tech
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Not sure if the values change.  I will monitor it.

Here is what the cmdlet produced....  VNS-SVR-DC02 is our E2K7 server.


Name                                                        Replicas
----                                                        --------
NON_IPM_SUBTREE                                             {}
EFORMS REGISTRY                                             {}
Events Root                                                 {VNS-SVR-DC02\First Storage Group\VNS Public Folders}
OFFLINE ADDRESS BOOK                                        {}
/o=First Organization/cn=addrlists/cn=oabs/cn=Default Of... {VNS-SVR-DC02\First Storage Group\VNS Public Folders}
OAB Version 2                                               {VNS-SVR-DC02\First Storage Group\VNS Public Folders}
OAB Version 3a                                              {VNS-SVR-DC02\First Storage Group\VNS Public Folders}
OAB Version 4                                               {VNS-SVR-DC02\First Storage Group\VNS Public Folders}
EX:/o=First Organization/ou=Exchange Administrative Grou... {VNS-SVR-DC02\First Storage Group\VNS Public Folders}
OWAScratchPad{322D495F-DF5B-4BAA-A85F-852484C27D2F}         {VNS-SVR-DC02\First Storage Group\VNS Public Folders}
SCHEDULE+ FREE BUSY                                         {}
EX:/o=First Organization/ou=Exchange Administrative Grou... {VNS-SVR-DC02\First Storage Group\VNS Public Folders}
schema-root                                                 {VNS-SVR-DC02\First Storage Group\VNS Public Folders}
Default                                                     {VNS-SVR-DC02\First Storage Group\VNS Public Folders}
microsoft                                                   {VNS-SVR-DC02\First Storage Group\VNS Public Folders}
exchangeV1                                                  {VNS-SVR-DC02\First Storage Group\VNS Public Folders}
StoreEvents{322D495F-DF5B-4BAA-A85F-852484C27D2F}           {VNS-SVR-DC02\First Storage Group\VNS Public Folders}
globalevents                                                {VNS-SVR-DC02\First Storage Group\VNS Public Folders}
internal                                                    {VNS-SVR-DC02\First Storage Group\VNS Public Folders}
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by:sunnyc7
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So you ran it from your 2010 server and it shows that PF is still pointing to OLD Exchange ?

Are you running exchange on a DC ? (svr-dc02 ?)
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by:Pest-tech
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I still have the E2K10 Mailbox Database pointed to the old default public folder database. I'll change it.

Unfortunately, E2K7 is on a DC.  My E2K10 server is not a DC.

I changed the E2K10 Mailbox Database to the new PF database and reran the cmdlet.  I still get everything pointing to the old server.

Name                                                        Replicas
----                                                        --------
NON_IPM_SUBTREE                                             {}
EFORMS REGISTRY                                             {}
Events Root                                                 {VNS-SVR-DC02\First Storage Group\VNS Public Folders}
OFFLINE ADDRESS BOOK                                        {}
/o=First Organization/cn=addrlists/cn=oabs/cn=Default Of... {VNS-SVR-DC02\First Storage Group\VNS Public Folders}
OAB Version 2                                               {VNS-SVR-DC02\First Storage Group\VNS Public Folders}
OAB Version 3a                                              {VNS-SVR-DC02\First Storage Group\VNS Public Folders}
OAB Version 4                                               {VNS-SVR-DC02\First Storage Group\VNS Public Folders}
EX:/o=First Organization/ou=Exchange Administrative Grou... {VNS-SVR-DC02\First Storage Group\VNS Public Folders}
OWAScratchPad{322D495F-DF5B-4BAA-A85F-852484C27D2F}         {VNS-SVR-DC02\First Storage Group\VNS Public Folders}
SCHEDULE+ FREE BUSY                                         {}
EX:/o=First Organization/ou=Exchange Administrative Grou... {VNS-SVR-DC02\First Storage Group\VNS Public Folders}
schema-root                                                 {VNS-SVR-DC02\First Storage Group\VNS Public Folders}
Default                                                     {VNS-SVR-DC02\First Storage Group\VNS Public Folders}
microsoft                                                   {VNS-SVR-DC02\First Storage Group\VNS Public Folders}
exchangeV1                                                  {VNS-SVR-DC02\First Storage Group\VNS Public Folders}
StoreEvents{322D495F-DF5B-4BAA-A85F-852484C27D2F}           {VNS-SVR-DC02\First Storage Group\VNS Public Folders}
globalevents                                                {VNS-SVR-DC02\First Storage Group\VNS Public Folders}
internal                                                    {VNS-SVR-DC02\First Storage Group\VNS Public Folders}



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will post back.
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I came in this morning and checked the size of both PF's.

E2K7 server PF = 26,640 kb - same as yesterday
E2K10 server PF = 139,328 kb - decreased from yesterday

I'm the only one trying to use the new PF database as of right now.  Strange that it would decrease in size.

What is also strange is that I know we have received quite a few emails to the E2K7 PF database and it has not grown.

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What are the DB sizes now - did the PF databases replicate completely ?
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Still the same...

E2K7 = 26,640 kb
E2K10 = 139,328 kb

I'm thinking if I can't figure this out, move everyone to the new server, then mount the database to the new server. I know it can be done with a Mailbox Database, not sure about a PF Database.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa998340%28EXCHG.80%29.aspx
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Time to call microsoft PSS ?
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Ahh, weekend work.  :-)
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All the best. I will post back if I figure out something - but PF replication issues in exchange 2007/2010 are such a pain.
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Gotcha, thanks for trying!  Have you heard of anyone trying to move a PF DB using Database Portability?
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Nope
Mostle everyone use moveallreplicas.ps1
Cd $exscripts
Run that from exch shell
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