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Public Folder Instances not clearing out.


I am in the last phases of a migration from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010.  

Customer had a problem with the Exchange 2003 server.  Defrags were run to recover the databases.  Also, several mailboxes were unlinked from their Active Directory accounts, and recreated manually on the Exchange 2010 server.   At this point, only orphan maiboxes on the Exchange 2003.

I have run the process to move all Public Folder replicas to the Exchange 2010, and I have been monitoring the Public Folder Instances to wait for the folder to be emptied - however nothing seems to be changing even after 2 weeks.  

What is the appropriate procedure to follow at this time?  I was thinking about dismounting the store, and see if there are any issues.  Then just delete the public folder.  


Thanks in advance.

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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
Exchange will not let you delete the store with instances listed, so you need to get them out.
Have you run the command again? Do you see any replication traffic going across?

After two weeks I would expect something to have happened, so you might be getting to the point where it has to be removed with adsiedit, particularly if there has been some damage to the Exchange 2003 environment requiring a repair.

Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
I've run across problems with this also, even in an Exchange 2003 environment that had no known issues. The 2003 public folders won't move even if the replication to the 2010 server works properly.

If you've already followed these steps:


Then, I've found the only way to remove the 2003 public folders successfully is to break the replication (after you've confirmed that everything is indeed replicated to the 2010 PFs), and then manually clean out and remove the 2003 public folders. Then if you still can't remove the Exchange 2003 database cleanly, you'd need to go the adsiedit route as mentioned by Simon.

This article includes steps to remove an Exchange 2003 server from AD using adsiedit:

realtimerAuthor Commented:
Thangs folks.
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