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Migrating several public folders between two Exchange 2003 Servers

Hello Experts!

I have what I feel would be an easy question but I could be wrong. We have two MS Exchange servers. One is physical, one virtual. The virtual box is new, and has no mailboxes or public folders residing on it.

The old server is physical and is severely over-extended. Performance is a problem. This performance issue affects several public folders more heavilty as they are the most heavily used. To simply populate the contents of these folders can cause a 1-2 minute pause on the Outlook client (Webmail, outlook 2003, 2007, all same behavior). Often times the client will freeze also.

We would like to perform the following:

1. Move the affected public folders to the new virtual host.
2. Remove them from the old server so when a user accesses these folders we're sure they are hitting only the new box.
3. IF POSSIBLE we'd like to do this without taking the server or information stores offline, is that possible?
4. Total amount of data being moved is about 200mb.
5. It's ok if it takes a day to move the data, no rush.

I'm thinking I simply create a replica of these folders on the new server, then remove the replica from the original, or do I need to run PFMigrate? Any guidance that can be provided is much appreciated.

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AmitIT ArchitectCommented:
Yes, first create PF db on new server, login to old server and add the replica for new server. Leave it for a day to replicate. Once all data replicated. Point mailbox db to new PF db and you are done.
JFMasonicAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the very fast response and clear answer! I will confirm that it worked on Monday!

Thanks again!
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