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Migrate Public Folders from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2010, uninstall Exchange 2010

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I cannot seem to uninstall (decommission) my legacy Exchange 2007 server due to the public folder replication.  I have read all the other posts regarding migrating these folders, and was sucessfull in replicating to the Exchagne 2010 server.  Now that all the public folders exist on Exchange 2010, I want to Decomission 2007.  Can't uninstall because the Public Folders still exist on 2007.  I open the EMC and manual undo replication between servers, but I still can't uninstall.  Also a few hours later, all the replication settings are back in place.  I've manually removed replication between servers at least 3 times and it keeps coming back.

I get the default uninstall error in the Exchange Readiness Check (during uninstallation) pointing me to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=81409.  I have followed these articles and still having problems.  Any help is appreciated!  I don't even use the public folders, but needless to say I do not want to break my new Exchange 2010 server for the future.  Just trying to decommission 2007 properly.
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Ok use the ADSIEDIT to delete the Public Folders for Exchange 2007.

From one of your Domain Controllers.

Start -> Run -> Type ADSIEDIT.msc

Expand the Configuration Partition.
Services
Microsoft Exchange
Your Organization Name
Administrative Group
Exchange Administrative Group
Servers
Exchange 2007 Server
Information Store
Storage Group (where you have Public Folders)

Right Click on the Public Folder and Delete it.
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Yes, that totally worked to get exchange 2007 uninstalled.  I am just nervous about any side-effects on this hack, I am hoping for none!?
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Dont worry as long as you have just deleted the Exchange 2007 Public Folder you would not have other issues.
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Great, thanks.  Appreciate the advice.
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