Organizing and Moving Public Folders Exchange 2007

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My company has a single Exchange 2007 Server and I am in the process of cleaning up many years of bad public folder habits. I am trying to organization our 30-ish public folders by department / function by creating departmental Public Folder Containers (not mail-enabled) and moving all of the related existing mail-enabled public folders inside each container.

The problem I am experiencing is that I can "click and drag" the public folders to the new containers in Outlook but it simply creates a copy of the public folder with a new email address with a number attached to the end of it.

I have been able to create a new mail enabled public folder within the new container, copy existing emails over, delete the old public folder, and then add the old email addresses to the new one but this is a major pain. Even after all that then I have to reset all the permission via the Exchange Management Shell which takes a long time.

Is there an easier way to do this then deleting and recreating the public folders?

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Sounds like you don't have the required permissions on the original folders.
Not unusual if this was a migration. You would need to ensure permission inheritance was enabled on the folder within the domain and that your account is listed as an owner.



So if I am listed as the owner of both public folders (the folder I am trying to move and the folder I am moving it to) I should be able to do this? I will test this out and see if it works. If it does I will truly feel like an idiot haha but I hope it does.
Sadly this did not work. I made myself the owner of an existing public folder and then made a new one and I am also the owner of that folder. Still, when I click and drag the old folder into the new one it just creates a copy and appends a number to the end of the email address. While this is not ideal it DOES carry with it all of the existing permissions on the old folder so I can delete the old folder and add all of the email addresses to the new one without messing with permissions. Not an ideal solution but at this point its all I have.
Seth SimmonsSr. Systems Administrator

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