How to force Exchange Server Public Folder Removal

After I have upgraded my Exchange Server 2007 to Exchange 2010. now it is time to uninstall Exchange 2007. of course as every body know without removing Public Folder Replica, Exchange MB will not be uninstalled.

I have tried to move the replica, but the procedures took too much time without feeling any progress. so I decided to remove it through ADSIEDIT.MSC esp. it is not required in my environment and no Outlook 2003 exist.

go ahead and do the procedures below:

  1. Connect to your DC.
  2. Open ADSIEDIT.MSC console and connect to configuration.
  3. Go to the following path.

–> CN=Configuration –> CN=Services –> CN=Microsoft Exchange –> CN=YOUR ORGANISATION –> CN=Administrative Groups –> CN=First Administrative Group –> CN=Servers –> CN=SERVER NAME +—> CN=InformationStore

4.    Delete public folder Database.

refresh EMC and you should see that the database has been removed otherwise restart Exchange Information Store.

Note that if you run Exchange BPA tool you might got error that Site folder server deleted. I would suggest to follow this article –> http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa996485(EXCHG.80).aspx

Regards,

Haytham

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5 Responses to How to force Exchange Server Public Folder Removal

  1. Charles says:

    This may be a stupid question, but I am having a similar problem. Once you deleted the reference to the Public Folder Database with ADSIEdit.msc did you rerun the uninstaller for Exchange 2007? Thanks.
    Charles

  2. haythamalex says:

    Hi Charles,
    Yes i rerun the removal of exchange 2007 and it was successful.

    Regards,
    Haytham

  3. Steve says:

    Thanks!

  4. Gellemar says:

    Thank you! That did the tirck!

  5. Mike says:

    Brilliant! This was driving me nuts.

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