Replication expiry for a public folder server is non-default

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Topic Last Modified: 2006-05-25

The Microsoft® Exchange Server Analyzer Tool reads the following registry value to determine whether the interval at which the Exchange store removes items that have exceeded the retention period has been modified from its default setting:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\MSExchangeIS\<ServerName>\Public-<Public Folder GUID>\Replication Expiry

If the Exchange Server Analyzer finds that the Replication Expiry registry value is present and configured, a non-default configuration message is displayed.

Message expiration is the process of expiring messages in public folders that exceed a specified time value. The default interval for message expiration is 24 hours.


This article contains information about editing the registry. Before you edit the registry, make sure you understand how to restore registry if a problem occurs. For information about how to restore the registry, view the "Restore the Registry" Help topic in Regedit.exe or Regedt32.exe.

To revert to the default configuration

  1. Open a registry editor, such as Regedit.exe or Regedt32.exe.

  2. Navigate to: HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\MSExchangeIS\<ServerName>\Public-<Public Folder GUID>

  3. Delete the Replication Expiry registry value.

  4. Restart the Microsoft Exchange Information Store service for the change to take effect.

Before you edit the registry, and for information about how to edit the registry, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 256986, "Description of the Microsoft Windows registry" (

For more information about public folder replication, see Working with the Exchange Server 2003 Store ( and Knowledge Base article 273479, "Description of the public folder referral functionality in Exchange 2000 Server and in Exchange Server 2003" (