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I have users that I cant migate to E2k7 due to this error.
i am not a scripter, and have found at http://www.exchangeninjas.com/RecipientValidation  - the code to fix it:
Get-Mailbox | Foreach { Set-Mailbox -Identity $_.Id -DisplayName $_.DisplayName.Trim() }

however I dont know how to apply htis to an individial user eg. named testuser.
Can someone help me with the excact code htat i need to type into EMS to perform this function.
Thanks, P.
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I recommend that you use Active Directory Users and Computers to make this change for a single user.

Navigate to the user in AD U&C and right click on the account.  Select rename.  Check the name is correct.  When you press Enter, you will be presented with a dialog box where you can make sure that all names have the correct format.
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If you know the username but nothing else, you can search AD U&C for the user, using Windows 2003.  This feature wasn't in AD U&C in Windows 2000.
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Thaanks Steve, That was a much easier solution..
If anyone knows how to usev the script for future use id be grateful...
my concern is that is automatically sets off a batch process - or does it propmt for users?
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The code offered is a PowerShell script.  You need to download and install it if you have an Exchange 2003 environment.  It is installed as part of Exchange 2007.

Basically, it works as follows:

1.  Retrieve the list of all mailboxes
2.  For each mailbox, do the following:
   a)  Set the display name property of the current object ($_) using the ID field to identify it ($_.Id)
   b)  To the value of the existing display name, after it has been trimmed ($_.DisplayName.Trim())

The Trim() function removes leading and trailing space from a string, so " Dave" becomes "Dave" and "Joey " becomes "Joey"

You can find loads of information on PowerShell at Microsoft TechNet (technet.microsoft.com).  It is a fairly new technology, and is designed to replace other scripting methods (for administration at least) in the future (such as scripting WMI, WSH, VBScript, batch files).
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You are right, it does this for every mailbox in the Exchange organisation.  No prompts!
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I am getting issue when i try to install exchange mangement console with sp1 CD on my windows 2008 server.
 I am getting below error. I want to clarify whether "get-mailbox" command will work in powershell
 only after installing exchange mangement console. I am getting error when trying to  install
exchange 2007 server , it says leading or trailing spaces are there in 2003 exchange server
presently running. My plan is to install exchange 2007 on a new server and move mailobxes and
 remove 2003 exchange. My question is - if "get-maibox" command is to find the mailboxes with
leading/trailing spaces in existing exchange and due to this exchange management console is
 not getting installed. I understand that "get-mailbox" command will work only after installing
exchange manegment console. Here i am totally confused. Now i cannot install exchange manegement
 console because of white spaces and to check whitespace issue i need "get-mailbox" command where
 exchange management console should be there . Please explain this logic.


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by:leegclystvale
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This worked for me - ran it on Exch2007
Errors were all with Exch2003 users with a space after displayname. Worked like a charm...thank goodness as the template used for years had 1500 problematic users.
All hail powershell!!!
Get-mailbox | foreach {set-mailbox $_.identity -display
name $_.DisplayName.Trim() }
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in fact, use this for over 1000 mailboxes etc otherwise you'll have to suss out the syntax and run it again.....like me!!
Get-mailbox -resultsize unlimited | foreach {set-mailbox $_.identity -displayname $_.DisplayName.Trim() }
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