I am a new administrator for a large Exchange 2003 organization that is just
getting off the ground. We had to recently reconfigure replication of a
public folder. It was set to replicate content to a number of servers when
it really was meant to reside only on a couple of servers. To make the
change, from within ESM I went to our Enterprise Administrative Group and to
the Folders folder, to Public Folders, to the top level folder that had been
created for the branch office to migrate their public folders into and I
went into the properties of this branch office public folder then to the
replication tab and changed the servers listed there, removing seven servers
originally listed and leaving only two.
I noticed that almost immediately the name of the Branch Office Public
folder disappeared from the Public Folder Store/Public Folder folder of the
Servers which were removed from this list for content replicas... BUT I
still see the Branch Office Public Folder listed in the Public Folder
Store/Public Folder INSTANCES folder of these same servers. No one ever used
the copy replicas that were specified before, and they were not needed,
which is why they were removed from the replication list for this folder.
My question is, I am puzzled as to the
difference and distinction between
the Public Folders folder and the Public Folder Instances folder seen within
the server's Public Folder Store. Most importantly I would like to know if
it is "Safe" to remove the apparent replicas of the Branch Office Public
Folder which remain in these Public Folder Instances folders on the various
servers which have been removed from the original replication list? The
Branch office has since migrated several hundred public folders into their
copy of this top level public folder and I most certainly wouldn't want to
unintentionally impact those!
Is this "replica" I see in the Public Folder Instances folder of these other
servers actually the content replica still existing in the state it was in
prior to removal of these servers from the content replication list? And
will removal of it from these other servers have any impact at all on the
main copy which I wish to have remain intact?
Thanks in advance for any guidance and advice!