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error 0x80004005 ec=29 Cannot Start Replication on Public Folder 'No Replica Available'

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Hi guys. I did not notice this error until synching contacts from Outlook (2007). There were 1301 contacts synched, and I thought all went well, as the import was successful and the folder showed up on the server. However, users are unable to see the folder in their Outlook. When I went to update content, I received the aforementioned error.

One side note, we have a public cert and are getting 'warnings' in the event log that the certificate will expire on the 7th of November. I throw this in here only because the folders didn't have a replication problem about a month ago.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks all!

-R
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by:Seth Simmons
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first of all, it looks like from the original error "No replica available" means that there is a public folder that has no server defined; you need to add a server for the folder to exist in.  it's also possible that it existed on a server that is no longer in the environment thus showing no replica available

second, those certificate warnings are normal once you get to (i forget if it's 30 or 60 days) prior to the certificate expiring; you should work on renewing the certificate and get it replaced on your server before the 7th.  can't see how the 2 are related; coincidence in timing

what happens when you do Get-PublicFolder -Identity "<foldername>" ?
replace <foldername> with the path to that folder; or try Get-PublicFolder -Recurse
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Seth,

First of all, thanks so much for responding to my question. I greatly apprecate all your help in advance. I've attached a screenshot of my Get-PublicFolder -Recurse results.

I'm a little confused. When I look at the results you see posted, the parent Contacts Folder has no parent path. However, when I look to see where the replication is set to go, it has the servername and all looks fine. The IPM Subtree is not listed with a replica, either. When I look at the properties of the parent folders in the EMS, I see nothing strange. Again, any assistance is greatly appreciated.

 Screenshot of Get-PublicFolder -Recurse results
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by:Seth Simmons
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that contacts folder has no parent path because it's at the root so yes, that makes sense

as far as the replication goes, do you have multiple exchange servers?  i'm wondering if folks are pointing to a public folder database on a server where the replica doesn't exist
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Seth,

We do not have multiple Exchange servers. There is only 1. However, this was a migration from a 2003 Exchange server (but it was quite some time ago).

On another note, I figured out the issue with the contacts not replicating to other users. It was not selected to be shown as an address book. That part has been rectified. However, I still have the replication issue. Could this be something left over from the migration? I'm not sure why that would be. I've had lots of issues with migrations in the past, but-for the most part-I could usually isolate the cause pretty easily.
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My original question was answered.
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