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Exchange 2003 2010 Public Folder Replication

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I am in the process of decommissioning an Exchange 2003 server after a migration to Exchange 2010 SP1.  The migration went well and public folders were replicated for a month or so.  On the Exchange 2010 server the “Get-PublicFolder -recurse |fl name,replicas” command showed both servers as replicas before I started.  I turned up logging on incoming and outgoing replication on both servers before I started.
On the 2003 server I issued the Move All Replicas command.  Pretty quickly almost all the folders and folder instances were gone.  Only one remained with about 10 subfolders – not a lot of data in each folder.  On the Exchange 2010 the “Get-PublicFolder -recurse |fl name,replicas” command now only shows the 2010 server and no other replicas.  In the public folder management console on 2010 all of the public folders are there with data.
On the 2003 server I get an event id 3017 Replication Outgoing Message about once an hour – it’s been 36 hours now.  I also get the corresponding 3027 on the 2010 server about the same time each hour.
There was more data in the other folders that finished in about 5 minutes – what’s holding this one up?  I have read a lot on line that this can take days, and in a large enterprise with a large PF data store that makes a lot of sense.  This is not a large environment the total PF DB is about 1.5Gb.
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by:jesaja
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Must be corrupt data

has this folder been replicated in the beginning and is it shown in the 2010 PF Manager
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by:rr1968
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Do you have event id 3020 on the Exchange 2003?
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No 3020 events
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by:AZClint
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Yep.  All the folders were already on the 2010 server in PF manager.
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by:AZClint
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The Event ID 3017 seem to all be the same Message ID:

Outgoing message type 0x20
 Message ID: <D0F7226CFF080C4E8DAEEB68DAAFE86A1C1DEC@servername.domain.local>
 Folder(s): (1-69D3) IPM_SUBTREE\foldername

 Database "First Storage Group\Public Folder Store (servername)".

So this is the message were getting every hour or so for the last couple days.
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by:AZClint
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I looked up the messages in the Message Tracking Center on Exchange 2003.  It looks like the message is being transfered.  I'll attach an image of the message history:

 Exchange 2003 PF Tracking
Black - Exchange 2003 Server
Blue - Exchange 2010 Server

Not sure, but it seems like this is working.  It's just running at 1 message per hour.
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by:jesaja
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check out this link
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/Email_Servers/Exchange/Q_23820681.html



just to be sure check your smtp virtual server on exchange 2003
remove all Send connectors on the 2003 server
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555418




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by:AZClint
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I'll have to spend some time going throught the article the first link talks about, but I don't have any of the 3066 conflict messages he's talking about.

There are no additional connectors on the 2003 server.  The 3017 event on the 2003 server is matched by a 3027 Event on the 2010 server:

"An incoming replication message was processed.

Type: 0x20"

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OK.  After a ton of research and too much time spent on this I have manually removed the Public Folder store using ADSIEdit.

1.  Verify that the data was on both servers and matched item for item
2.  Verify that I have good backups on both servers and a system state backup of the DC.
3.  Dismount the Public Folder Store on the Exchange 2003 Server
4.  Run ADSIEdit and pull the Public Folder Store:

Run ADSI Edit.
Drill down to:

Configuration
+ CN=Configuration
 + CN=Services
  + CN=Microsoft Exchange
   + CN=YOUR ORGANISATION
    + CN=Administrative Groups
     + CN=First Administrative Group
      + CN=Servers
       + CN=SERVER NAME (2003 Server)
        + CN=InformationStore

Delete the Public Folder Store

5.  Restart the Information Store and verify everything looks good.

I got a couple warnings about the public folder store on the 2010 server, proceeded with the removal process and everything looks good.
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Warning on the 2010 server: Event ID 2397 - This fixed it:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/aa996485%28EXCHG.80%29.aspx
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by:jesaja
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ye public folders can be a pain

did you remove the replicas from the exchange 2010 to 2003 if not you should check this

I would run the Exchange Best Practices Analyzer
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by:AZClint
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Yes.  On the 2010 server I ran:

Get-PublicFolder -recurse | fl name,replicas

It only shows the 2010 server.  Good idea to run BPA - that should also show me any orphaned objects in AD from the 2003 server that I missed.

Thanks for the help guys!
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