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Public Folder Instances won't empty

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I'm picking up finalizing an Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010 migration months later after one of my peers dropped the ball on it.

The Exchange 2003 environment is a cluster...not sure if that plays a part or not.

There are a handful of public folder instances that won't finish replicating. I have to believe they were started to be replicated several months ago, so I feel like enough time should have passed.

Not sure where to do. I've tried a few things to try to push it along. These public folders (subfolders of parent folders) are tiny. The largest is 2MB.

I've verified that the Exchange server can communicate with the CAS server on port 25 using telnet, and the Exchange 2003 server is not using a smarthost.
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Tom-J-Lael

8/22/2022 - Mon
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Tom-J-Lael

@simon ,

two of the folders appear to be system folders.
Simon Butler (Sembee)

System Folders you don't need to really worry about. If you can get rid of the rest, then those can be removed another method.

Although once you have removed the others, do use the Move All Replicas command in ESM again. I have found that running it two or three times can poke things in to life.

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Tom-J-Lael

Only 3 of the 9 calendar's in these PF's are actively used.

Currently I'm exporting the entire PF folder structure out to .PST, i'm going to configure each server to replicate to each other, then purge out the calendars that aren't in use.

For the 3 that are in use, I'm going to copy those into a different PF folder, and delete the original. Hopefully these deletions will propagate over to the Exch2003 server and those PF instances will empty out. I'll let you know...
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Tom-J-Lael

Ok..now I'm down to just the system folders in the public folder instances. How do I deal with those?
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Tom-J-Lael

I'm giving a B for everyone's effort. Ultimately the issue boils down to this client having their AD all jacked up. Their full time IT staff will need to address those unless they want to incur some expense having us do it.

thanks..