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Cannot expand public folders in IIS 7

Posted on 2011-09-27
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I have recently installed an SBS 2008 server (with Exchange and IIS7). Whe I try to access/expand the "public" folder under "SBS Web Applications" I get the error "Could not find part of the path \\.\BackOfficeStorage\domain.local\Public Folders". Does any one know why and what I need to do to be able to access these?
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Question by:solplus
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I don't have Exchange 2007 any more, but the path you see is a virtual share exposed by ExIFS (Exchange's installable file system).  This allows you to access the public folders using WebDAV, but isn't much use for anything else.  You can't, for example, see it in Explorer, and you can't explore it in IIS Manager, either.  If you have a virtual directory named 'Exchange' in the same IIS tree view, try to do the same with that.  The Public one should do the same as the Exchange one.  I can't really say how either should behave in IIS7 because I've never tried what you have tried to do.  I suppose all I'm saying is that the error you see is not something that I would think is surprising.
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You are correct, I get the same error for each of the Exchange folders. The only reason I was looking at the Public folder in IIS 7 is that we have a third party application which was trying to use WebDAv to create some public folders and was failing. No error, just no folders created.
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If the application doesn't give you a more specific error message, have a look in the current IIS log file (using Notepad) for the MKCOL request (which is the WebDAV verb used to create a folder), and paste the line here for us, if you find it.
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Only fair that you get the points for this, even although the solution was to actually point out (tactfully) that I was looking for a solution to a problem which did not exist.
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I think I managed to imply that in the last sentence of my first reply :-)  But I was happy to move on and see if I could help you with the third party application with which you were having a problem.
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