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How to safely remove 2007 legacy Public folders during 2013 co-existence

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Dear Experts

We've been having many issues during our migration for Exchange 2007 SP3 CU14 to Exchange 2013 CU6 with interim update to resolve the DB dismounting and EAS proxy issues.

Our environment consists of a small organisation, ie one 2007 exchange and one Exchange 2013.

I need to plan for the removal of the legacy public folders, of which there is only one in use. I will even move this to a shared mailbox rather than worry about migrating to a modern PF. Given that there is only one PF in use could I simply:

1) Delete the legacy PF's after checking the important one is OK as a shared mailbox
2) Remove the Public folder database using these guidlines:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa998329(v=exchg.80).aspx

3) Finally go ahead and decommission Exchange 2007

With all the research I have done many articles seem to be older than regarding CU6 era information or talking about migrating them first which I don't think is necessary in our case.
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If you only have the one Public Folder that needs to be migrated then I don't see any real issues with the above steps. You can even look at using Outlook to export the contents of the Public Folders to a PST file, then import them into the new PF mailbox in Exchange 2013.
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Thanks, I guess that's what I thought it's just there have been so many issues with Exchange, whether that's hotfixes, permissions, split dns, activesync, EAS, proxying ... don't know what to believe any longer..

Not even going to use a PF Database/Mailbox just a normal mailbox as you'd first have to remove legacy public folders. Just going to try and K.I.S.S
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