Post by SGFucyBTdG » Tue, 26 Apr 2005 15:25:02

I've been asked to help with a migration from Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2003.

There are three Exchange 5.5 servers in one site. Two of the three have in
the eForms Registry an Organization(409) form, the other doesn't.

The Organization(409) folder from the first server is replicated to both
servers in the cluster.
The second server doesn't have one.
The third server has one but it hasn't been replicated.

The documentation tells me to replicate the System Folders (that includes
the eForms Registry) and Public Folders to the new server with the PFMigrate

From the Exchange server 2003 Deployment.doc:
he Microsoft Exchange Public Folder Migration Tool (PFMigrate) is a new
tool that enables you to migrate both system folders and public folders to
the new server. You can use PFMigrate to create system folder and public
folder replicas on the new server and, after the folders have replicated,
remove replicas from the source server.
The question is:
Is the Organization(409) form the same for all servers in an Exchange
Organization or do all available Organization(409) folders from all servers
need to be replicated.



Post by v-patca » Sat, 30 Apr 2005 11:50:18

Hi Hans,

We are sorry for the delay.

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After reviewing the problem description, there are still something remaining
unclear, so please help to collect more information:

Whether the Organization(409) is a system folder or a public folder? My
understanding of the problem is: this folder has been created on one of the
Exchange 5.5 server as a system folder, but has not been replicated to the other
two servers. Please correct me if I have misunderstood anything.

If this is a system folder, I'd like to explain that in one Exchange org, there is
only one instance of system folder. By default, it is placed on the first Exchange
server. If you want to migrate the Exchange 5.5 servers to Exchange 2003, and
decommission the Exchange 5.5 servers after the migration, you should rehome
the system folders to Exchange 2003 server. To do so, please refer to the
Exchange 2003 deployment guide, chapter 5.

If this is a normal public folder, as you may know, each public folder has at least
one instance node by default, while all the servers maintain a org public folder
location list so that can referral data among servers. If your public folder storage
is not quite huge, I suggest you export all public folder contents into a PST file
from Outlook client, and then re-import the PST file to the Exchange 2003 server.

Hope the info helps. If anything is unclear, please feel free to post back.


Pat Cai
Microsoft Online Partner Support

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