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.