Move Exchange Server public folders for Windows SBS 2008 migration

Updated: October 22, 2009

Applies To: Windows SBS 2008


These instructions are for migrating from Windows SBS 2003. If you are migrating from Windows SBS 2008, see the Microsoft Web site (

If you are running Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 in the organization, you can use the Exchange System Manager to move the public folders.

To move Exchange Server public folders

  1. On the Source Server, to start the Exchange System Manager, in the Server Management Console navigation pane, expand Advanced Management, and then expand First Organization (Exchange).

  2. Expand Administrative Groups. If Administrative Groups is not displayed in the navigation pane, do the following:

    1. Right-click DomainName (Exchange), and then click Properties.

    2. In the DomainName Properties dialog box, select the Display administrative groups check box, and then click OK.

    3. Restart the Server Management Console, and then repeat steps 1 and 2.

  3. Expand first administrative group, expand Servers, expand <ServerName>, expand First Storage Group, right-click Public Folder Store (<ServerName>), and then click Move All Replicas.

  4. In the Move All Replicas dialog box, click the Exchange server on the Destination Server in the drop-down menu, and then click OK.

You must wait for the next instance of public folder replication to complete before the public folder replicas are removed.

To verify that the public replication is complete, look at node “Public Folder Instances.” After all of the public folders replicas have been moved, the “Public Folder Instances” node should be empty.

To verify that all public folders have been moved to the destination server

  1. From the source server, open Exchange System Manager, expand first administrative group, expand Servers, expand ServerName, expand First Storage Group, and then expand Public Folder Store (ServerName).

  2. Click the Public Folder Instances node. After all of the public folder replicas have been moved, the “Public Folder Instances” node should be empty.

Depending upon the replication interval you have set and the amount of information that must be replicated, this process may take from several hours to days to complete.