“The Public Folder Database cannot be deleted” – Exchange 2007/2010

In migrating from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2010, one of the decommissioning tasks for Exchange 2007 is to delete the public folder database however I kept getting the following error:

I ran Get-PublicFolderStatistics -Server E2K7ServerName and it did not show anything! Tried numerous attempts and methods to no avail!

In order to resolve this issue, I performed the following steps:

  1. Dismount the public folder database on the Exchange 2007 server
  2. Go to the folder path of the EDB file
  3. delete\move the EDB file
  4. Go back to the management console and mount the public folder database. You will get a warning that one or more database files is missing. Go ahead and click OK to mount a blank database file.
  5. You should be able to go to the public folder management console and remove the server from all the system folders’ replication tab.
  6. Now you can delete the database successfully

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