Remove public folder using ADSIEdit

19Jan12

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.

Cheers,

Chris

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6 Responses to “Remove public folder using ADSIEdit”

  1. 1 DHo

    Why you don’t have any more posts of gratitude is beyond me! Thanks for posting the answer not even MS will post.

  2. I’ve been spending hours trying to remove a database that has no replicas, yet Exchange won’t delete it because of replicas.

    This did the trick, and quick. Thanks!

  3. 4 TravisA

    Brilliant! Solved my issue trying to remove 2007 PF after migrating to 2013.

  4. 5 gREy

    Thanks for help! Hard-remove it’s what i need.


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