starters, on your Mailbox Server, you need to ensure a Public Folder
database is installed. If, during the installation, you indicated that
there were legacy clients in your environment, the Public Folder store
would have been added automatically. If not, however, you need to
perform the addition of the database manually. To do this, perform the
On the Exchange 2007 Mailbox Server role for which you want the Public Folder database, open your Exchange Management Console.
In the console tree, locate and select the Server Configuration node.
Choose the Mailbox option.
the Database Management tab, notice the listing of your storage groups
and databases. After you decide which storage group you want to place
the Public Folder in (or if you decide to create a new storage group
specifically for the database), select the database and choose New
Public Folder Database from the Actions Pane.
The New Public Folder Database wizard displays, and you are asked to provide a name for the database (as shown in Figure 1).
The name is your choice. You are also asked to provide a Database file
path. This enables you the opportunity to place the database file in a
safe location (one that has some form of fault tolerance included).
Figure 1. Creating a new Public Folder database that is mounted automatically.
the Mount This Database checkbox at the bottom of the screen that says
it ensures that the database is not only created, but mounted (making
it accessible) immediately after creation. It’s checked by default, and
we usually leave it as such.
When you are ready, select New.
After the database is created and mounted, select Finish.
that you have a Public Folder database in place on your Exchange 2007
MB server, you want to create a replica of your Public Folder data in
your Exchange 2000/2003 organization onto that server.
to Exchange 2007 SP1, there was no graphic tool for managing Public
Folders in Exchange 2007 and so the encouragement for creating replicas
was to use the tools that existed in Exchange 2000/2003, working with
the System Manager. With SP1, however, you can open the EMC and select
the Toolbox node. From there you can choose the Public Folder
Management Console. This actually opens an entirely different console
for you to work with.
You need to create your replica now. To do this with the System Manager in Exchange 2000/2003, perform the following:
Exchange System Manager and navigate to Administrative Groups. Expand
your administrative group, Servers, your server, the storage group, and
then the Public Folder Store to view the Details Pane of all the Public
Folders contained in the store.
Right-click the Exchange Public Folder that you want to replicate and select Properties.
Go to the Replication tab (shown in Figure 2),
where you find controls that allow you to replicate the Public Folder.
Notice the upper portion of this tab contains an area that lists every
location to which the folder’s content has been replicated. By default,
the server that the folder was initially created on is the only
location displayed on the list.
Figure 2. The Replication tab enables you to add replicas of your Public Folders to other servers.
can replicate the chosen Exchange Public Folder to stores on other
servers by clicking the Add button, and then selecting the Public
Folder store on which you want to create the replica. You can remove a
Public Folder replica from a store by selecting the replica that you
want to delete and clicking the Remove button.
the Public folder replication interval. This setting refers to the
length of time that passes before an Exchange Public Folder is
replicated to its associated Public Folder stores. By default, the
replication interval is set to use the public store schedule. However,
the Public folder replication interval dropdown list enables you to set the replication interval to two hours, four hours, or you can use a custom schedule by selecting Customize.
you’ll notice text that says, “Replication Message Received.” You can
click the Details button to the right of this text to view replication
statistics. Clicking the Details button reveals the Replication Status
dialog box. This dialog box provides you with information such as
replication status, the last time that replication occurred, and the
average transmission time. You can use this information both for
troubleshooting and for performance-monitoring purposes.
last setting on the Properties sheet is the Replication Message
Priority option. By default, the replication message priority is set to
Normal. You have the option of setting a high-priority folder to Urgent
or setting low-priority folders to Not Urgent.
To create the replicas using the Public Folder Management Console in Exchange 2007 SP1, perform the following:
Open the Exchange Management Console.
Select Tools and then select Public Folder Management Console (shown in Figure 3), which opens an entirely different console to work with.
Figure 3. A first look at the Public Folder Management Console.
From the Action pane, select the Connect to Server option and locate the server with Public Folders you wish to add replicas.
you see the server and the Public Folders listed, you can go into the
Properties of the folder and select the Replication tab.
On the Replication tab, select the Add button to create replicas. You can select the X to delete replicas.
default, the checkbox is selected for Use Public Folder Database
Replication Schedule. You can uncheck the box and use a preselected
schedule by clicking the down arrow, or you can create a custom
schedule by selecting the Customize option. You can also determine the
local replica age limit in days.
After this is complete, click OK.
you allow enough time for the replicas to be formed on your Exchange
2007 Server and you are confident that no data will be lost, you can
return to the Public Folder management tools and remove the legacy
Exchange servers from the list.
interesting method for moving Public Folders involves the use of a
script in the Exchange Management Shell. These scripts can be found in
the Exchange server’s c:\temp\scripts folder. The one we want is
MoveAllReplicas.ps1. For example, if we want to move all Public Folder
replicas from Server1 to Server2, we would run the script this way:
MoveAllReplicas.ps1 -Server Server1 -NewServer Server2