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ADSIedit "Microsoft Exchange System Objects" container has old Public Folder objects - Can I delete?

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Hello,

Is it safe to remove objects, that no longer exist, from the ADSIedit container:  CN=Microsoft Exchange System Objects,DC=domain_name,DC=com

In this container, we have a bunch of objects that refer to old Public Folders that were created on an old Exch 2003 server or possibly Exch 5.5 server that is no longer around. I do see our new Public Folder that are mail-enabled in this list as well.  Can the old ones simply be deleted since the Public Folders they refer to no longer exist?

Thanks.
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irweazelwallis earned 750 total points
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be careful when deleting items as it can do some damage


are they just public folders or system public folders?

if they are users public folders then you should be safe to delete them.
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Always take care deleting things in adsi edit, if these objects do not appear in the public folder management console then you have no option but to remove them using adsi edit. Use caution though as you can do a lot of damage.

If the old exchange servers have not been correctly removed then I suspect you will references to the servers in there as well. This is where it gets tricky as the public folder hierarchy will still be hosted by the legacy server in active directly and you will lose all your public folders if you attempt to delete the legacy object without first moving the hierarchy.

As the old server is gone, you can't do this the easy way so you will needs to use adsi edit to recreate the hierarchy.

The following can be used for reference

 http://geekswithblogs.net/marcde/archive/2011/07/05/article-recreating-the-public-folder-hierarchy.aspx

Hpe this helps.
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by:TravisMichael
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@irweazelwallis
This is what I was thinking.  I am going to delete one of the objects and wait a day to see if anything happens.

@Radweld
The old Exchange Server was removed properly, but we did run into a few problems.  I have previously gone through all of the steps in the link you provided.
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