Decomission Legacy 2007 Exchange Server
Posted on 2012-09-07
I am currenlty running a coexisting environment with 1 Exchange 2007 Server and 1 Exchange 2010 Server. We are not using an edge server, and have our Hub Transport Server running one machine. (2007 and the 2010). I have all my mailboxes moved over. I made the new server the default for OAB and disabled Outlook Anywhere on the Legacy Server. I am ready to decomission the legacy server. I shut if down, just see what would happend and then I was planning to unistall exchange and demote the server. As soon as it shut down, my users were continually being prompted for there credentials while in Outlook.
We used to use public folders on our 2007 server, but stopped a long time ago. There is currently a public folder database that resides on the legacy server. I have looked into the proper way to decomission the legacy server, and I am finding that you need to replicate the public folders to the 2010 Server. I know that public folders are optional, so my question is this. Can I remove the public folder database on the legacy server, uninstall exchange server roles, then demote the server? If I don't intend on using public folders is that replication necessary? I am concerned that users will be prompted for their credentials and I won't be able to fix it once I uninstall Exchange and demote the legacy server. We currently only have 2007 Outlook and higher clients.