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How to reset system folders in Exchange Server 2003
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This article describes how to create a new system folder in Exchange Server 2003 by using the Guidgen.exe and the ADSI Edit tools.
The Guidgen.exe tool randomly generates a GUID. You can use the GUID to rebuild a system folder by using the ADSI Edit tool. When you create a new system folder, the data that was previously contained in the original system folder is lost.
Create a new system folderTo create a new system folder, follow these steps.
Warning If you change the administrative group system folder GUID, do not restore previous backups of any public folder store in your Exchange organization. If you do so, you may cause duplicate system folders to be created, cause existing system folders to be destroyed, cause the system folder server's public database to stop replicating permanently, or prevent other public stores in the site from accepting replicas of system folders. To correct such problems, you may have to remove and rebuild public folder stores on some or all servers in your Exchange organization.
You cannot reset the GUID for only a single system folder. If you reset the GUID, the Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 offline address book and Free/Busy Information for a single administrative group are deleted. The Exchange Server 5.5 offline address book is named as follows:
/OFFLINE ADDRESS BOOK/EX:/o=ORGNAME/ou=ADMINGROUPNAME/
Warning If you use the ADSI Edit snap-in, the LDP utility, or any other LDAP version 3 client, and you incorrectly modify the attributes of Active Directory objects, you can cause serious problems. These problems may require you to reinstall Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server, Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, or both Windows and Exchange. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems that occur if you incorrectly modify Active Directory object attributes can be solved. Modify these attributes at your own risk.
ADSI Edit is included with the Windows Support Tools. You can install the Windows Support Tools from the Support\Tools folder of the Windows 2000 Server and the Windows Server 2003 CD-ROM. For more information about how to install the Windows Support Tools for Windows 2000, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
301423For more information about Exchange Server 2003 tools and updates, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/301423/ )How to install the Windows 2000 Support Tools to a Windows 2000 Server-based computer
Article ID: 822444 - Last Review: May 26, 2012 - Revision: 7.0