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Exchange 2007: Deleting mailboxes

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Hello all,

We have a standard Exchange 2007 installation in a single domain environment.  All mailboxes are kept in one single "mailbox database."  

After recently acquiring this network, I see there are many email accounts which reside on the Exchange server; which are no longer used.  I would like to remove these old accounts, but I have one question.  

Is there any benefit to using the exchange management shell to delete email accounts?  It looks like going into the Exchange Management Console -> Highlighting mail account -> click Remove, will delete the email account in AD and will also delete the information off the Exchange box.

I don't care too much about removing the user accounts, as I can do that in AD but I want to clear some storage space from my Exchange box, so I want to make sure the data is removed from the mailbox database.

Any insight into this question would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your time and efforts!

Mike
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the management console is the easiest way. Depending on your retentions though even if you delete the account the data will still remain in the database. Additionally the database size will not shrink unless you perforn an offline defrag as the space will just be marked as empty and re filled as required. An offline defrag will remove the white space from the file and you will see the db shrink in size
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Sounds good.  That makes sense.  Thanks for the quick response, I really appreciate it.

Mike
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