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Public Folders in Exchange 2013 June 28, 2013

Posted by vbry21 in Exchange 2013, Microsoft Training.
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I was told many years ago that Public Folders in Exchange Server were dead, well they’re not, they still exist in Exchange 2013, but now they are improved.

In Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, the underlying architecture for public folders has changed entirely, without changing the user experience with public folders.

 

In Microsoft Exchange Server 2013:

• Public folders are stored in a special type of mailbox called a public folder mailbox. In previous versions of Exchange Server, public folders were stored in a separate public folder database. In Exchange Server 2013, the public folder mailboxes are stored in regular mailbox databases. The public folder mailbox stores the public folder hierarchy as well as the public folder contents.

• Public folder mailboxes can be stored in mailbox databases that are part of a DAG. In previous versions of Exchange Server, public folders used a public folder replication process to enable redundancy. By storing the public folder mailboxes in a mailbox database that is part of a DAG, you can provide high availability for the public folder deployment using the same mechanism as the one used for providing high availability for mailboxes.

• Public folders are spread across multiple public folder mailboxes. In previous versions of Exchange Server, you could replicate public folder contents to public folder databases located in different locations to enhance client access to public folder contents. In Exchange Server 2013, you can create public folders and store the public folders in different mailboxes, which can be located on Mailbox servers in different locations.

Now the downside.

Public folders are accessed by clients only for Outlook 2007 or later. Outlook Web App clients cannot access the public folders.

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