Can’t delete an old Microsoft Outlook public folder

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Microsoft Exchange 2003
Microsoft Outlook
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As a new network administrator for our organization, I am attempting to clean up the Microsoft Outlook public folder tree. I am running into a problem while trying to delete non-used/old Outlook public folders. I am unable to delete a public folder; I don't have permissions. The public folder's author/owner/creator has left the organization and the former network administrator had deleted the user from Active Directory. We are running a Windows 2000 Server operating system with Exchange Server 2003.

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Check out this thread: “Hide Public Folder(calendar), without deleting…?” Though it focuses on ‘hiding the public folder/calendar, it may solve your issue.

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  • Michaelkatell
    You can change the permissions on any public folder using Exchange System Manager . Open System Manager and expand Administrative Groups > your administrative group > Folders > Public Folders. Drill down to the folder you want to delete. You should be able to delete folders from the tree directly with a right-click. I am not certain, but you may need to be a member of the Exchange Administrators group to do this. You can update the permissions in System Manager that users experience when viewing public folders in Outlook (including administrators) on any folder by right-clicking (in System Manager), choosing Properties, choosing the 'Permissions' tab and clicking 'Client Permissions'.
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