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Public folders not replicating from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010

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I have a customer who is soon to migrate from their old SBS2003 network. I am in the testing phase, and here is what I have done so far:-

Virtualised the existing SBS 2003 to a Hyper-V guest (name - SBS)
Created a new Hyper-V Guest with Server 2012R2 (name - EXCH2010)
Joined the EXCH2010 to the domain and promoted to a DC
Installed Exchange 2010 onto EXCH2010
Got the mailboxes moved from SBS to EXCH2010

The problem is that I cannot seem to get the public folders to move from SBS to EXCH2010.

Here are links to what I have tried so far:-
http://blogs.technet.com/b/agobbi/archive/2010/08/04/how-to-move-public-folder-from-exchange-2003-to-exchagne-2010.aspx - no errors thrown up, just doesn't seem to do anything

http://www.petenetlive.com/KB/Article/0000426.htm - Did step 1 of this, and using Exchange System Manager on SBS, created the Public Folder group and dragged the public folders from SBS to EXCH2010 - I could not go Step 2 onwards, because the "Manage Settings" option is greyed out.

I would be very grateful for any assistance that helps to resolve this.
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Simon Butler (Sembee) earned 500 total points
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Very common problem.
Usually caused by a smart host on the SMTP virtual server, something blocking the traffic or a restriction on the Receive Connector.

Message tracking on the Exchange 2003 server will tell you if the server is actually generating the replication requests and then what the server did with it.

Simon.
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Hi Simon,

Thanks for your comment. I am now on holiday until 18th August and won't be able to check this out until I return to work.
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Simon, apologies for taking so long to reply. Holiday, then mad couple of weeks when I returned. Anyway, in message tracking, I can see lots of the following:-

From: Public Folder Store (MYSERV)
To: Public Folder Database 2053181564
Subject: Status Request


but nothing else relating.
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To add to this, although there is a bidirectional routing connector, the Exchange 2010 server isn't showing any "Replication Incoming Message" with event ID 3027.
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If all you are seeing is status requests, then the data isn't replicating.
You need to check the path as I outlined above. Ensure that there are no smart hosts on the SMTP virtual server, restrictions on the Receive Connectors or SMTP virtual server.
It could be that the RGC didn't create properly and you need to recreate it. Very common issue.

Simon.
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The Server 2012 Firewall had screwed up and was blocking the traffic. I just told it to use recommended settings, and now I can see the Public Folder replication messages in the event viewer, and I can see the folders replicating too...
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