We are migrating from Exchange 2007 to the new Exchange 2013 email server. New Exchange server 2013 was successfully installed and configured for coexistence with our old Exchange 2007 server. Inbound and outbound mail flow moved to new Exchange 2013 server. All mailboxes have been migrated to Exchange 2013 as well.
To ensure that mail flow no longer go through the Exchange 2007 and should anything have else been missed we shut down old Exchange 2007 for a week. All good..., we are ready to remove Exchange 2007 completely.
Before I was going to run Exchange 2007 uninstall program I decided to remove unused Offline Address Books, empty mailbox databases and finally Storage groups from old Exchange 2007 as recommended by Steve Goodman from:
At the moment I am having difficulties to delete public folder database from our Exchange 2007 server. Error message is saying that: “… public folder database cannot be deleted because it contains folder replicas. Before deleting the public folder database, remove the folder or move the replicas to another public folder database…”
This public folder database was setup as a test on Exchange 2007 server long time ago and we never used it for anything! We don’t have any interest to keep it or move it to the new Exchange 2013 server. Now, I realized that, it would be much more advisable to deleted unused public folder databases before installing new Exchange 2013.
What should I do now? How do I delete this public folder database and folder replicas? Does it mean that in my particular situation I have to migrate Public Folders to Exchange 2013?
Thanks in advance.