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Cannot create public folders in Exchange 2013

Posted on 2014-12-18
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I have a brand new Windows Server 2012 R2 with Exchange 2013. There was no migration from the old mail system, I just backed up the mailboxes to PST's off the old server, and re-imported them into the new, empty exchange on the new server.  The two servers never interacted with each other in any way. The old server is offline. All of the user mailboxes went in fine, and I just ironed out the last hurdles with outside access (outlook anywhere).

Anyway, my problem is the public folders.. I have a PST file with the old public folders standing by, but I am having difficulty with the Public Folder Mailboxes.. I tried to create the first public folder mailbox in the EAC as it instructs you prior to being able to create Public Folders themselves, and the resulting mailbox shows up as secondary. When I try and remove it, it gives me an error:

ERROR  No active public folder mailboxes were found. This happens when no public folder mailboxes are provisioned or they are provisioned in 'HoldForMigration' mode. If you're not currently performing a migration, create a public folder mailbox.

I tried following this thread:  http://careexchange.in/how-to-recreate-public-folder-master-hierarchy-in-exchange-2013/

But the errors I get back don't match up.. when I query with this command:  Get-OrganizationConfig | Format-List RootPublicFolderMailbox

I get back a GUID like Im Supposed to, but when I try and list them with Get-Mailbox –PublicFolder | FL Name,ExchangeGuid I don't see that GUID in the list that comes up. Just the secondary boxes I made trying to create the first one.

After that the steps don't match up and Im unable to complete that process. It sees something as a primary PublicFolder mailbox, but it wasn't something I created, nor can I remove it and start over.. There is no HoldForMigration switch set. (this was mentioned repeatedly in other articles similar to this, so I made sure, even though this was a from scratch install).

How can I reset this without wiping out the rest of the exchange system which is up and running already and being used ??
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by:tshearon
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Run (Get-OrganizationConfig).RootPublicFolderMailbox and check the LockedForMigration parameter. If it is set to true you must create the public folder using the HoldForMigration parameter because Exchange still see's this as a migration since the Legacy Exchange organization exists.
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that wasn't it, but I went through the link I posted again and managed to clear the key in ADSIedit and I was able to make a primary box and folders after that.  Was able to remove the secondary mailboxes a little while later. Thanks anyway.
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by:msclimenti
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Fixed it myself using the original link I referred to.. http://careexchange.in/how-to-recreate-public-folder-master-hierarchy-in-exchange-2013/
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