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Migrating Exchange Server public folders

How to migrate Exchange public folder content using Microsoft's pubmerge utility.

We have purchased a company and are migrating all of their e-mail to our Exchange 2003 servers. ExMerge works well for this, but does not migrate public folders. How do we migrate public folder content from one Microsoft Exchange organization to another?
Microsoft Product Support Services provides a utility called pubmerge. I found a copy on the Internet at http://www.gustavus.lib.ak.us/Public/Exchange%202000/pubmerge/.

This should provide you with a mechanism to export and import your public folders from source to target. The last time I used this utility, it was data and hierarchy only. There is no way to preserve or map the permissions from source to target environment. So, any information that is permissions on the source side will need re-permissioning on the target.


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Related information from SearchExchange.com:

  • Learning Guide: Exchange migration
  • Reference Center: Public folder management
  • Reference Center: Migration advice


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