Exchange replication with Active Directory

Posted on 2005-04-19
Last Modified: 2008-03-10
When an employee leaves we immediately disable their account.  This also prevents e-mail from being delievered.  

We still want e-mail to be delievered so I grant associated external account on SELF so e-mail can still be delivered yet the account is disabled.  How long does it take for the mailbox to become active so it can receive e-mails.  From what I understand there isn't any force replication, it is just a waiting game.

Is there any utility to force replication to activate the mailbox?  We would like to get this account active so it can being to receive e-mails again.  I even enabled the account and changed the password hoping this would speed things up.

Question by:ajruiz
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    You just force replication between the DC's. This is in Sites and Services.

    Just a question here.
    Would it not be better to just change the password of the account instead of disabling it?
    Just a thought.
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    From the link:

    When you have a disabled user account, Exchange will look at the MEMAS (MsExchMasterAccountSid) property to see what user SID owns this mailbox. If no user account has been granted AEA, then MEMAS will be empty. So the solution is to grant SELF the AEA permission this time!


    When you later on want to Enable Account, you must also remember to remove the AEA permission for the SELF object; otherwise Exchange will see two owners of this mailbox: the enabled account and the one with AEA permission.

    Note: Any modification of permissions may take up to two hours before it gets activated. This is because you must wait for the DSAccess cache to be refreshed, which, by default, is done every two hours!

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    Here is some additional useful information.  The article you posted directed me to another issue we were having.

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