Exchange 2010 Public Folder database missing

Wendell Jones 21 Reputation points
2022-03-22T17:32:27.587+00:00

I have inherited an Exchange 2010 SP3 machine. It is ready to be decommissioned and moved online. The problem is that the public folder database is missing and apparently has been for some years and there isn't a copy of it on a back up. There is a reference to the database in the ADSIEdit. The users are interested in using the Public Folder features on the new environment. Keeping the old configuration would be nice, but not needed.

The questions are:

Can I recover the entries of the public database without the actual file?
How can I delete the reference to the old public folder database so I can create a new one?

Update:
Because the public folder database is missing, the remove-publicfolder cmd will not work. What is the best course of action to delete the old public folder from the system?

Thank you in advance.

Wendell Jones

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  1. Andy David - MVP 142.7K Reputation points MVP
    2022-03-22T18:14:03.373+00:00

    Moved to Exchange Online? In that case, why not just create public folders there directly?

    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/exchange/collaboration-exo/public-folders/set-up-public-folders

    Personally, I would not use public folders at this point however :)
    Without the original DB, there isnt much you can do to recover.