Disconnect Mailbox from AD Account

At the company I work for we fully archive a mailbox and then delete the mailbox but keep the old AD account, not sure why.  Now that we have moved over to the new Excahnge 2007 server I am not sure how you disconnect, and or delete, a mailbox from the AD account.  Can someone please tell me if it is possible and if so how.
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You can use the Exchange Management Console for this, under Recipient Configuration right-click the mailbox, Disable is similar to Disconnect (remember you Mail-Enable a user in AD, so this is Mail-Disable) and Remove is mark for deletion.


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