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Exchange 2010 SP2 environment.  We are migrating a client to a VM environment.  The physical Exchange 2010 has a lot of data so we decided to migrate to a new Exchange 2010 server rather than do a P2V.  The new server is in place, everything has been migrated to the new server, and all the Exchange 2010 services on the old server have been disabled.

If the new server is online users have no issues accessing the public folders but if I shutdown the old server users cannot access public folders.  All replicas have been moved to the new server.  There is no folder replication being done to the old server.  If I use the following command

Get-PublicFolder –Recurse | fl Name, Replicas

The only server that is listed for all the folders is the new server.  If I stop the IIS services on the old server while it is running users are able to access the public folders.  I can find nothing is the Exchange Console that would make me believe that the old server is needed at all for anything and yet if is shut it down or disconnect it from the network no one can access public folders.  There is no problems with mailboxes, just public folders.
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Simon Butler (Sembee) earned 2000 total points
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Check the properties of the mailbox database to ensure that the correct public folder database is being selected.
I would also simply remove the old server. The shutdown and see what breaks method doesn't really work for Exchange because Exchange expects the other server to be there.

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