Removing old exchange server

Microsoft Exchange
I've just upgraded from exchange 2000 to 2003 with great success. All servers ( one 2000 and 2 x 2003 ) are in the same admin group with one of the 2003 servers acting as the master and bridgehead, mail flows fine and all public calendars are in sync. All mailboxes are located on this server. My problem is that when I shut down the original 2000 server, users expierience trouble opening other people's calendar's even though they are on the same server. If i power on the server, it all returns to normal. It seems that outlook is still pointing to the 2000 server even though the mail setup specifies the 2003 machine as the mail server. I want to take thisserver off line. Will removing it from the exchange organisation fix this? thanks in advance

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Once again, I get to proclaim the wonders of the Sysinternals tools.

Get the tools tcpview, regmon and filemon from the Microsoft Technet website, and run them on a workstation to see what registry settings are causing the clients to seek out the old server.

If that does not produce anything useful, then put a sniffer of the workstation’s traffic to see where it’s going, and perhaps the content.


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  • TedRizzi
    It appears that the schedule+Free busy system folder info is still on the old exchange server, try replicating the information to the new server, you can do this via system manager. drill down to the folders tab under admin groups, admin group then folder, select the public folders tab right click then select system folders. select the propters for schedule+free busy and set up replication to the new server.
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  • Daibill
    Thanks for your replies. I did replicate the free/busy folder but underestimated how slow the replication is from one server to the others. The folder sizes show that full replication has yet to be completed which leads me to believe that the fault lies there. Will wait a bit longer. once again thanks for your help.
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  • Wrobinson
    Re-home public folders.
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