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removing exchange 2007 public fodler database

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i have migrated all my mailbox users to exchange 2010
i am trying to remove exchange 2007
i have removed all storage groups and databases and now im trying to remove the public folder database
we never really used public folders so i didnt move or replicate them over
i also never even installed a public folder in exchange 2010 as we dont use them
do i still need to migrate them over even i dont use them
every time i try to remove the public folder in exchange 2007 it tells me it contains
the default offline address book
i have checked on the 2010 server and the generation server for the offline address book is the new 2010 server
do i need to move public fodlers to 2010   and how can i remove public folder database from 2007 server as i need to decomission it
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by:Manpreet SIngh Khatra
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You can simply delete it using ADSIEDIT and then proceed to decomission the server.

Remove public folder using ADSIEdit
http://blog.dargel.at/2012/01/19/remove-public-folder-using-adsiedit/

- Rancy
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by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
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Before you go straight to ADSIEDIT, I would try the proper steps from eliminating Public Folders.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc164367(v=exchg.80).aspx

Simon.
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by:dougdog
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how do i know its def safe to delete it?
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by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
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That is why you should go through the correct procedure I have linked to.
If it isn't safe to continue it will not let you.

Using adsiedit is a bit brutal - it does the job but unless you know what you are doing it can leave a lot of junk behind.

I would never suggest going straight to adsiedit as the first course of action, and I think that is poor advice from Rancy.

Simon.
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by:dougdog
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but this procedure expects you to move the public folders to the new exchange server
or replicate them
i dont need any public folders
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by:Manpreet SIngh Khatra
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Simon i wouldnt agree this is a poor advice and yes as per article its pretty straight forward and i always share data and am ready to assist with any queries concerns before one does take action ..... Yes i know that its scary to many but i have done too much to work very easy around all this so always available to do this very safe way.

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by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
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I think going straight for the adsiedit,msc method would discussing other options is like going to the doctor with a broken leg and their first response is to amputate!

I always consider the adsiedit method to be the last option, not the first, particularly if you don't understand the full ramifications. This question is a classic case of that - the first question back after your response was how to know if it is safe to do.

Simon.
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by:nashim khan
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Hi,

Just follow the below link, it gives you full details in cleared pics.


http://www.petenetlive.com/KB/Article/0000227.htm
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on the exchange 2010 serevr
i had to go to properties of OAB
and disable public folder distribution and disable old client support
this then allowed me to delete the public folders
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my solution was the fix
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