Applies to: Exchange Server 2007 SP3, Exchange Server 2007 SP2, Exchange Server 2007 SP1
Topic Last Modified: 2006-09-19

Public folders are a shared repository for messages, calendars, contacts, tasks, and other items. A public folder database is an Exchange database that stores public folders, indexes their contents, and assists in the replication of the folders with other Exchange servers. A public folder database is stored as an Exchange database (.edb) file. 

You can perform a limited number of public folder database management tasks in the Exchange Management Console. However, in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, most public folder management is performed in the Exchange Management Shell. For more information, see Managing Public Folders.

When you select the Mailbox node under Server Configuration, the Database Management tab in the work pane displays a list of all storage groups and databases on the selected server.

To modify how server configuration objects are displayed in Microsoft Management Console (MMC), click View in the action pane. For more information about view options, see Server Configuration.

To focus on a set of public folder databases that have specific attributes, you can use a variety of expressions to filter the list. For more information about filters, see How to Filter the Result Pane.

When you select a public folder database in the work pane, the following actions are available either by right-clicking the database name or by using the action pane.

Move Database Path

Click Move Database Path to open the Move Database Path wizard. This wizard helps you change the location of the public folder database files.

Mount Database or Dismount Database

Click Mount Database to mount the selected database. A database is not accessible to users until it is mounted.

Click Dismount Database to dismount the selected database. Dismounting a database makes it inaccessible to all users.


Click Remove to delete the selected database.


Click Properties to view or modify selected properties of the database. You can also use the Set-PublicFolderDatabase cmdlet in the Exchange Management Shell to change any of the database settings.

For More Information

For more information about managing public folder databases, see Managing Public Folders.