Exchange 2010 uninstallation failed: The public folder database contains folder replicas.
Posted on 2015-02-18
I have two exchange servers, A and B. We have fully migrated to Office365 so neither server holds any functioning mailboxes.
I am trying to uninstall Exchange from B currently and am getting the error:
Uninstall cannot continue. Database Public Folder 2; The public folder database contains folder replicas. Before deleting the public folder database remove the folders or move the replicas to another PF database.
Ok here's the problem, Yesterday I removed every singe folder except Internet Newsgroups using the Public Folder Management Console. Now granted I can only choose the server and not the specific public folder database (which is pretty stupid) however when opening the PFMC I expand Default Public Folders, there is only Internet Newsgroups.
Expanding System Public Folders there is quite a lot of non Public Folder i.e. user created folders. I don;t *think* im supposed to remove those, but I could be wrong I guess.
Now running Get-PublicFolder from the shell I get 'IPM Sub_TREE' returned and that's it.
I'm friggin lost here and I really, really need to re-purpose this hardware like three days ago.