Remove public folder using ADSIEdit

Posted: January 19, 2012 in Exchange 2010, Exchange Legacy
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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.

Cheers,

Chris

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Comments
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  2. DHo says:

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

  3. Derek says:

    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!

  4. TravisA says:

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

  5. gREy says:

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

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