EXchange 2013 Public Folders

Posted on 2015-01-15
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Last Modified: 2015-01-20
I have two Exchange 2013 servers in my organization. One was created to move and existing Exchange 2010 org to Exchange 2013CU7 (EX01). That went fine including the public folder migration. The old exchange box (EX02) was running W2008R2/EXchange2010 so there was no way to upgrade it in place to W2012R2. We had to move it to W2012R2. After the move to EX01, EX02 was wiped and W2012R2 was installed along with Exchange 2013CU7. I have moved the mailboxes from EX01 to EX02 (that went fine). Now I am trying to move the public Folder mailbox from EX01 to EX02 and can find no apparent way to do it. The primary hierarchy mailbox has three public folders (2 with sub-folders, not mail enabled), 1 PF mail enabled. I need to get the PF moved to the new server EX02. SMTP mail is now flowing into/outof of EX02 through GFI/MailEssentials 2012R2 just fine (OWA works fine with EX02). All traffic to the Mail enabled PF passed ME SpamCheck fine because the mail address in the Whitelist. However none of it get delivered. It is sitting in EX02's new hop Domain site: default-first-site; version:14. Delivery type: SMTP Relay to Mailbox Delivery Group .

So with all of that said two problems (in priority):
(1) Get the mail flowing to the PF mailbox from EX02 to EX01 where the mail enabled PF is housed currently. Needed because these messages are 911 dispatch information for a FD;
(2) Figure out how to get the PFs from EX01 to EX02.

I suspect I may need a special connector between EX01 and EX02 for the first or an AD hack. It appears that it is trying to deliver the message to the old EX2010 server. Not at all sure about the second. Extensive research has not turned up an answer: Either by Move PFMailbox or by Move PFbranch script.
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by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
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In Exchange 2013, public folder mailboxes are treated as regular mailboxes. Therefore if you want to move it between servers, you will just need to move the mailbox.

You have to do the move via EMC. The exact steps are outlined in this TechNet article:


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by:C. M. "Mickey" Metcalf
ID: 40559025

I had found this article earlier and am aware of the PF as a mailbox. The issue is there are several mailboxes (12) in the hierarchy. When I moved the Primary hierarchy it did not move the sub folders in the mailbox. Does this mean I have to move them all individually or is there a way to recurse and move them all with one move request?

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Simon Butler (Sembee) earned 2000 total points
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If you have 12 mailboxes then you have to move all 12 individually. There is no way to move all of the hierarchy.


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by:C. M. "Mickey" Metcalf
ID: 40561020
Very timely and pertinent information.

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