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I've got a few old mailstores I want to get rid of, but they can't be deleted until they're empty.
How do I get rid of those few remaining acounts such as SystemMailbox{81CAEECA-BEB8...,SystemAttendant and SMTP(ServerName{81CAEECA-BEB8...  they are not regular user accounts and need some kind of specialist pruning.

It's not a big problem having an unused mailstore lying around, it's just a bit untidy and I like things tidy, at least where my servers are concerned :$

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System Mailbox etc shouldn't be causing the problem.
What usually stops the stores from being deleted is unused accounts.

At the end of my migration article (http://www.amset.info/exchange/migration.asp) I have a technique for identifying accounts located on certain servers. You should be able to adapt that to find any accounts that have a "mailbox" on these stores. Remember that Exchange doesn't create the mailboxes until they are actually required, so if you created an account that was mailbox enabled on this store then it will be recognised as such by Exchange and the AD, stopping you from doing anything with them.

Simon.
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Your instructions worked a treat, cheers  ;-)

1. Start ADUC on the Exchange server.
2. Right click on your domain at the top and choose "Find".
3. Click on the "Advanced" tab.
4. Under "Field", select User, then "Exchange Home Server".
5. Change the "Condition" from "Starts With" to "Ends With".
6. In the "Value" field, type in the old Exchange server name and then click add to set the value.
7. Click find to start a search.

I had several stores in different storage groups on the same server but by adding the Exchange Mailbox Store column top the search results pane, I could then order them into groups and find the odd ones.

nice one.
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