Remove public folder using ADSIEdit

Remove public folder using ADSIEdit

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In some cases you are forced to hard-remove public folders from Exchange. You can use ADSI Edit to delete these folders.

 

Exchange 2010

 

Open ADSI-Edit and got to configuration

 

Navigate to this path:

 

CN=Configuration,DC=DOMAIN,DC=LOCAL

CN=Services

CN=Microsoft Exchange

CN=EXCHANGE_ORG

CN=Administrative Groups

CN=Exchange Administrative Group (FYDIBOHF23SPDLT)

CN=Databases

CN=PUBLIC_FOLDER_DATABASE

 

Now you can delete the PF-Database you want to get rid off.

 

Exchange 2007

 

Open ADSI-Edit and got to configuration

 

Navigate to this path:

 

CN=Configuration,DC=DOMAIN,DC=LOCAL

CN=Services

CN=Microsoft Exchange

CN=EXCHANGE_ORG

CN=Administrative Groups

CN=Exchange Administrative Group (FYDIBOHF23SPDLT)

CN=Servers

CN=SERVERNAME

CN=InformationStore

CN=STORAGE_GROUP

CN=PUBLIC_FOLDER_DATABASE

 

Now you can delete the PF-Database you want to get rid off.

 

Exchange 2003

 

Open ADSI-Edit and got to configuration

 

Navigate to this path:

 

CN=Configuration,DC=DOMAIN,DC=LOCAL

CN=Services

CN=Microsoft Exchange

CN=EXCHANGE_ORG

CN=Administrative Groups

CN=First administrative Group

CN=Servers

CN=SERVERNAME

CN=InformationStore

CN=STORAGE_GROUP

CN=PUBLIC_FOLDER_DATABASE

 

Now you can delete the PF-Database you want to get rid off.

 

Thank you,

Mukut-

Comments
  • Super..Excellent..!!! Keep going:)

  • Excellent its very helpful...!!!

  • Hello Mukut,

    Good Article.
    But want to highlight one more thing. Once you delete the Public folder database directly from adsiedit then there are many entries in adsiedit which will point to "Deleted objects" like sitefolderserver.
    Also mention to correct those settings
    Sitefolderserver

  • http://blog.dargel.at/2012/01/19/remove-public-folder-using-adsiedit/

    it is one thing to say "hey, I found a great article on how to do this, here are the steps..." and then cite the source....but to copy and paste, including the spelling errors, and take credit as though you completely came up with it yourself is essentially stealing.

  • Hi Mukut,

    I have to remove a public folder database and server from our exchange environment. This is an old exchange 2010 (A) server that holds some 200gb of obselete data which is not being replicated over to 2 (B and C) other newly built exchange 2010 PF servers. Can I use Exfolders to stop replication to this server? mailbox databases are pointed to server B. Here is my step by step:
    1. Stop replication to Server A. Ensure it completes. Ensure server B and C has the relevent PFs that is required for business by running the get- publicfolderreplicationreport script.
    2. Dismount the PF database on Server A. Allow sufficient time to ensure there are no errors or PF availability issues for end users.
    3. Uninstall Exchange 2010 binaries from Server A. Disjoin server from the domain. remove any remnants from ADSIedit if needed.

    Will this be the most graceful way to remove this server from the environment? I want to ensure it is totally seamless to the end users.

    thanks

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