Migrating Exchange 2007 Public Folders to the Cloud (Hosted Exchange)

Posted on 2011-02-17
Last Modified: 2012-08-15
We currently run mail and public folders on Exchange 2007 clustered servers.  The plan is to move our mailboxes to Exchange Hosted services. We would like to move our public folders but there is no direct migration path. The public folders would have to go to SharePoint online.  BUT  I have also been told that SharePoint Online does not offer mail-enabled document libraries.  So we are back in-house with setting up a Sharepoint server.  

Question:  Does anyone know of a cloud solution for hosting our mail-enabled public folders?  Ideally, one that could also be a home for our mailboxes.
Question by:Herb-Avore
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Well, I don't know of a hosting solution that can give you public folders; BUT if you wait just a little more: Office 365 is coming and is adding quite some features to it's list (and if I'm correct, mail-enabled document libraries as well, but I'd have to check to be sure).

Worth waiting just a little more!

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I was hopeful about Office 365 and Public Folders but some other discussion threads I've seen on Technet indicate they will not be supported.  
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Well it's true that PF's won't be supported. MSFT has been trying (and is) de-emphasizing the use of Public Folders in favour of SharePoint.
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What happens if you run another commend like e.g. get-publicfolder. What's the output there? Any errors?
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Sorry, wrong thread...

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Looks like the answer to my question is there is no alternative to Exchange Hosted services that would accommodate public folders without migrating to Sharepoint.  Seems like a business opportunity for someone.
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As I said ;-)

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There apparently is no correct answer.

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Hi All.  I see this is an old thread however I am in the same situation here.  One of my clients has signed up for hosted exchange and we are struggling with public folders... specifically archived emails.  I have moved contacts and calendars to sharepoint well enough, however when I attempt to send the emails to a mail enabled documents folder the date/time stamp is reset to the current day... this is unusable.

Thinking outside the box, does anyone know a way to link the clients Outlook to the hosted exchange AND to the current public folder on their 2003SBS?  I know in Outlook 2010 you can add two exchange accounts, but then they see their private store mailbox for both as well which is no good.  I'm not against keeping their exchange server running for public folders only.


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