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Exchange 2007. How can I delete a mailbox w/o deleting the user account?

Exchange 2007
How can I delete a mailbox, without deleting the user account associate with it.
This is screwy.
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cliffordgormley
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maxis2cuteCommented:
go run type in dsa.msc,  go to the ou where the user is located, rt click on the user to bring up the exchange tasks, go to next, remove account and end

Thats it
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mass2612Commented:
Hi,

In Exchange 2007 when you disable a mailbox via the ECM the mailbox attributes are removed from the user account and the mailbox is marked for deletion and moved to the disconnected mailbox area.

When you select remove it does the same as above however is also deletes the user account from AD. Therefore disabling a user seems to be a two step process now where you disable the mailbox and then disable to account.

http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Managing-mailboxes-Exchange-Server-2007-Part2.html
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supportsCommented:
OK can simply remove exchange mailbox in user properties in AD.. Right click on user name and u will get and option saying exchange..select that and select delete mailbox
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cliffordgormleyAuthor Commented:
Maxis and Supports, I am running Exchange 2007, so am I wrong to think your comments are incorrect?
Mass, I used your comment, and will give you points, but my deleted mailbox never showed up in the Disconnect Mailbox area..any ideas?
Thanks
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mass2612Commented:
How long did you leave it before checking the Disconnected Mailbox area? I have seen times where this can take a while but it does happen. I do not know why yet.
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cliffordgormleyAuthor Commented:
it's been a few days, and it still doesnt show up.  this has happened to two maiilboxes
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maxis2cuteCommented:
i dont think i am wrong.  when you type in dsa.msc it is the same as going to users computers groups.
in that is should list all your users.  then follow my previous steps.

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cliffordgormleyAuthor Commented:
Hi Maxix
When I rt-clk a user, I do not get an option of Exchange Tasks.  If I recall, I read somewhere that you cannot manipulate Exchange 2007 attributes from dsa.msc....but I could be wong.
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maxis2cuteCommented:
Then again you could be right.  but in the exchange server itself, if yoiu go to administrative tasks and go to user and computer accounts, go to the user and properties, you should be able to follow the above directions.  

If i am wrong, please let me know so i can erase that information from my head.

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cliffordgormleyAuthor Commented:
Maxis
I am not running DSA.msc on Exchange.  I dont think that is done on Exchange 2007...can anybody confirm?
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maxis2cuteCommented:
If you go the the exchange server and go to start ==> run ==> and type in dsa.mcs.  it should bring up the user and commputer comand console. At that point if you go to the OA that the user is in and pick the user, rt click on the user to bring up the exchange tasks, go to next, remove account and end
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mass2612Commented:
In Exchange 2000/2003 recipient management was accomplished via the ADU&C snap in that was extended when Exchange management tools were installed. Under Exchange 2007 the ADU&C snap in is no longer extended to provide recipient management. This is now accomplished via the Exchange Managemebt Console or the Exchange Management Shell.

Exchange 2007 SP1 has improved this functionality further.

http://www.msexchange.org/articles_tutorials/exchange-server-2007/management-administration/creating-custom-exchange-2007-management-consoles.html
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maxis2cuteCommented:
thanks Mass2612.

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ilantzCommented:
i got me this :
http://www.u-btech.com/HTML_Web/ExchangeTasks/Products_ExchangeTasks.html

it added all the familiar tasks within the ad users and computers mmc for 2007 , and also adds more stuff ..export / import mailbox , reports etc..
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yerffoegCommented:
You can use Clean-MailboxDatabase "Server\Storage Group\Mailbox Database" to make mailboxes that have been disabled show up in Disconnected Mailbox.  "Server\Storage Group\Mailbox Database" can be found be right clicking on the user and in the General properties there is Exchange server and Mailbox database properties which are just combined in quotes e.g. "ExcSvr01\Main Storage Group\OurCo Mailbox Database" .
Obviously you can't use the user if you have already disabled them but you can pick another user from the same location/OU to find out.

David
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