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Exchange 2003 Public Folder Replicas not moving (can't delete them to uninstall)

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I'm trying to uninstall Exchange 2003 to complete the process of moving to Exchange 2010, but I'm having an issue with the Public Folders.  I can't uninstall Exchange 2003 because there are still Public Folder Replicas on the server.  I right click the Public Folder Store and say "Move All Replicas" and choose the Public Folder Database on the 2010 server.  I see some things flash on the screen (looks like it's moving), but after 24 hours there is still a Public Folder Instance.  

Is there a way to force this through or troubleshoot it in some way?  If I look at Replication Status, the "Nntp Control Folder" is "In Sync" and the "PUBLIC FOLDER HEIRARCHY" and the "SYSTEM CONFIGURATION" say "Local Modified," and each has 2 replicas.  If I try to delete the Public Folder Store, it tells me I cannot delete it because it contains Public Folder Replicas.

How can I get rid of these so that I can uninstall Exchange?
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I think I figured out the issue.  It looks like replication is failing because the routing group connectors have already been deleted.   How do I properly recreate routing group connectors between 2003 and 2010?
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Alright, I figured that out as well... pretty simple.  Now to figure out how to remove it...
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Couldn't remove them with Exchange 2010 Powershell because they had the same Identity value.  Solution to this was going into Exchange 2003 ESM and deleting the routing connector from there, then going back to Exchange 2010 Powershell and deleting it worked.  Public folders are replicated and problem solved.
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