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Remove Public folder in Exchange 2010 using ADSI Edit

Posted on 2011-02-24
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I have an Exchange 2010 Server that was installed in an Exchange 2003 environment.  I'm trying to uninstall Exchange 2010 due to a domain name issue that has arrisen after the install of Exchange 2010.  I'm to the point where all I need to do is remove the public folder database.  However, I've run the MoveAllReplicas.ps1 script from the Exchange 2010 box to move the replicas back to the Exchange 2003 box and am still unable to remove the public folder DB with the following error.  I'd like to just remove the Public Folder database with ADSI edit, but I'm not able to find where to do that.  Can anyone point me in the right direction here?   Thanks!

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Microsoft Exchange Error
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The public folder database 'Public Folder Database 1823494431' cannot be deleted.

Public Folder Database 1823494431
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The public folder database "Public Folder Database 1823494431" contains folder replicas. Before deleting the public folder database, remove the folders or move the replicas to another public folder database. For detailed instructions about how to remove a public folder database, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=81409&clcid=0x409.
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run adsiedit.msc -> connect to the CONFIGURATION partition -> configuration -> services -> MS Exchange -> Org name -> Administrative groups -> Exhange admin group (xxxxxx) -> Databases -> find the PF and right click delete

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Thank you.  That worked.  Finding the Configuration partition was the hard part.  I was trying to connect to ADSI edit from the Exchange box and went ahead and connected from my PDC instead and was able to connect.  

I am now able to uninstall Exchange 2010 using Programs and Features.
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