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Replace public folders in Exchange 2003

Posted on 2014-09-29
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Our Database got way to big, and mounting it causes the server to sow down and crash. I was successful, using third party tools to break it up into .psd's, and I was able to save all of the data. The problem now is that we are migrating to Exchange 2010 soon and i want to be able to at least mount the PF database. Can you delete the database and install and new (clean) one in 2003?
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by:Larry Struckmeyer MVP
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Hi:
Not clear what you are asking, but if you mean can you manually move then mount a 2003 public folder database in exchange 2010, then afaik, the answer is no.  There are migration methods for this.  Or, you could move the contents of public folders to various mailboxes and export to pst, then import on the new server and finally move to pf again.
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Thanks guys,
Please allow me to clarify. The Public folder database (2003) is no longer needed. It was way too big and it got corrupted. My question is if I can simply delete the EDB. and the .STM file and create a brand new one. I do not want to migrate any data to our new Exchange 2010 server, as we are not going to use public folders any more.

thanks again for your info.
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Simon Butler (Sembee) earned 500 total points
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Large databases do not cause corruption. I have databases that are measured in 100s of gb and they are fine. Corruption is usually caused by poor configuration (AV software without exclusions) or hardware issues.

To answer your specific question, you can delete the files, you will have to remove all of them - so the two database files plus the logs, with the services stopped.

However you will need to migrate public folders to Exchange 2010. It isn't possible to eliminate public folders on Exchange 2003 only without leaving a lot of mess behind which will stop you from migrating to any later editions.

The usual method is to migrate public folders to Exchange 2010, remove the Exchange 2003 server completely then remove public folders after that.

Simon.
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