Update: If you are migrating to the modern public folders in Exchange 2013 you may want to check out this article instead. This is the new and improved method for migrating public folders. However, it requires Exchange 2013 CU7 or later. As of CU11 the method below still works if you prefer to use it. But it will eventually be deprecated.
If you are in the planning stages for migration to Exchange 2013, then you have probably seen this TechNet article.
At first, it may seem daunting.
So many scripts. So many PowerShell commands.
If you are not comfortable with PowerShell it may seem a bit overwhelming.
Plus, it is vastly different than any previous migration process.
Why the change?
Public Folders underwent a major architectural change in Exchange 2013.
Gone is the Public Folder database. And hello are the new Public Folder Mailboxes.
No more Public Folder Replication. Boy, did that used to be a pain!
With Public Folders stored as a mailbox, that mailbox can now be part of a Database Availability Group (DAG). And with that, all the benefits of Windows Failover Clustering.
This makes the migration process vastly different.
On a high level, it is the process of moving all data out of a database and into a special mailbox. That is where the scripts come in. I’ll explain along the way.
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