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Posted on 2014-04-23
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Hi Guys,

We are going to remove 2 exchange servers because the hardware is old.
Anyway, I am trying to move the content of the Public folders located on a DAG ( 2 old servers ) to a brand new standalone exchange ( not on the DAG ).

A Public Folder Data Base has been created on the new exchange and I ran the " .\MoveAllReplicas.ps1" command on all the servers, it has been 24 hrs and now things have gone wrong.

The content of the PF has disappeared from the old PF Database, the folders are still there but they are empty. On the new PF Data base there is nothing, is blank, all i get when running the Get-PublicFolder cmdlet is "IPM_SUBTREE"            


[PS] C:\Windows\system32>Get-PublicFolder \ -Recurse | ft name,parentpath,replicas

Name                                    ParentPath                              Replicas
----                                    ----------                              --------
IPM_SUBTREE                                                                     {}


What did i do wrong ?

does that mean that PF content is gone ?
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by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
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What happens if you run get-publicfolderstatistics? Does that show any content?
It sounds like the hierarchy hasn't come across.

Simon.
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** on the New PF **

[PS] C:\Windows\system32>get-publicfolderstatistics

Name                                     ItemCount                                                       LastAccessTime
----                                     ---------                                                       --------------
/o=XXX/cn=addrlists/cn=oabs/cn=OAB VM01 0                                                          23/04/2014 02:00:00
OAB Version 2                            5                                                          23/04/2014 06:03:35
OAB Version 3a                           5                                                          23/04/2014 06:03:35
OAB Version 4                            2                                                          23/04/2014 06:03:35


On the old PF i get a long list of all of the folders ( they still are there ) but yet again, the folders are empty.
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by:R2_D2
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Actually after running the get-publicfolderstatistics on the old server, it shows a list of all the folders and apparently they have content ( see attached image). However, the content is not visible in outlook.
Public-folders-1.jpg
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by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
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Force a hierarchy update:

Update-PublicFolderHierarchy -Server "Server2"

Where server2 is the name of the new server. Wait at least 30 minutes and do keep an eye on the queues.

Simon.
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by:R2_D2
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Yesterday night, I ran the command twice but unfortunately still not working.
Didn't noticed much activity on the queue.

could it be that the public folders are on a DAG and the new server is not in the DAG ?
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I rang Microsoft and the fix was to remove the "CN=servers" container on the ADSI Edit, apparently  it had to be removed during the 2003 - 2010 migration.

see link about it.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2012/05/17/empty-cn-servers-container-causing-issues-with-public-folders-on-small-business-server-2011.aspx
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I rang Microsoft and they helped me with problem
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