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How to Add Your Exchange 2010 Server as a Replica for all Public Folders

If you’re in a position where you must continue to use Public Folders with Exchange 2010, and you need to add your new Exchange 2010 server as a replica on a plethora of Public Folders, it’s surprisingly easy to add it to the list of replicas for every Public Folder.

You probably already know that simply adding it as a replica to the parent folder doesn’t quite do it.  However, Microsoft has a script built for Exchange 2010 that will do all of the hard work for you.

Simply open the Exchange Management Shell and navigate to the \scripts folder in your Exchange installation directory.  Once there, do the following:

  1. Run .\AddReplicaToPFRecursive.ps1
  2. Type in “\” when it prompts for the TopPublicFolder
  3. When it prompts for Server To Add, just type in the name of your Exchange 2010 server that is hosting the public folder database.

That’s it, the script may take a while to run (it won’t give any indication that it is doing anything), but it will ultimately complete.  When it does, you should see your 2010 server as a replication partner on every single public folder, which you can validate by running this command:

Get-PublicFolder –Recurse | fl Name, Replicas

Note that it might take a few minutes for the added servers to show up if you have a large number of replicas.

More details from Microsoft are available here: