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I am cleaning up a migration from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2010.  This has been hanging out there for a while and now I have gotten back to clean it up.  The last thing I have to do to finish is the Public Folders.  I have run the .\MoveAllReplicas.ps1 and verified the data is now on the Exchange 2010 server but it doesn't remove the folders listed under Default Public Folder and when I try and remove the public folder database on the Exchange 2007 server it says there are still replicas.  I have managed to delete all of my Public Folders as well as lose the data inside the Public Folders while I have been trying to figure this out.  I have restored the data but I would really appreciate any help.
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Simon Butler (Sembee) earned 2000 total points
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Not unusual.
You need to look at get-publicfolderstatistics to see if there is content listed. Until that content has gone you cannot remove the public folder database.

What often happens is the replica information doesn't get updated correctly, so if you can identify which folders are incomplete then add the replica to the old server back in again. Wait a few hours and then remove it.

Another option, if that doesn't work, is to recreate the folder. Again you need to have both the old and new server listed in the replicas. Then create the replacement folder and move the content. Once complete, delete the folder - which as it is being replicated to the old server will be removed from both.

There are no real shortcuts to this process, so you need to be patient. You haven't said how long you have waited for the content to replicate off, but a week isn't unusual.

Simon.
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Thanks, Simon.  I think you were right about patience.  When I came in this morning I was able to remove the Public Folder database no problem.

Thanks for responding!
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