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XADM: Public Folder Hierarchy Comes From Pub.edb

Article ID: 169639

Article Last Modified on 10/27/2006


  • Microsoft Exchange Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 5.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q169639


The public folder hierarchy as seen through the Microsoft Exchange Server Administrator program is contained in the public folder database (Pub.edb). There is no public folder hierarchy representation in the directory.


This information is important to remember when restoring a public information store from backup. Because the hierarchy is not in the directory, it will probably be different if a previous public folder database is restored. After a restore is done, the public folder hierarchy will eventually synchronize with the existing hierarchy in the organization via back-fill requests during replication.

The only public folder objects stored in the Exchange Server directory (Dir.edb) are objects for the public folders stored on the server where that directory is also located. These can be original or replicated copies of a given public folder.

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