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Best Practice for adding/removing users with Exchange 2007?

Now that we have Exchange 2007, I'm a little confused about the best manner to add or remove users from the domain.

What are the steps?  (we have LCS 2005 also)

Is it AD first, then Exchange console, or vice versa?  Are there best steps for disabling/removing a user when they leave?  I noticed creating a user in the Exchange console doesn't auto fill things like account username, nor does it create their profile for home dir mapping.

Am I missing something simple?  With Exchange 03 it was so much easier.  Now I feel like a newbie all over.
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MesthaCommented:
Its up to you.
It doesn't actually matter. You can create the user in AD then mail enable them. Or you can create the user in Exchange and then add the additional entries that you need after the account has been created. There is no hard or fast rule either way.

When it comes to removing users, I would do everything from Exchange.

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gupnitCommented:
Hi,
LIke Simon said, depends on you.
Lots of organiaztions (infact most) have different groups for AD and Exchange adminstration (ie people). So if you also have that structure then one group would create AD accounts using dsa.msc and other group would mail enable them.
Now if that is not the case, then why do 2 actions for one activity, just use Exchange for creating user+mailbox. Yes blank attributes is sth you will have figure out some automation.
LCS do not worry about it, it will pcik accounts no matter where you create them
Cheers
Nitin
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TheCleanerAuthor Commented:
If I have the Helpdesk create them in AD first, and they have the Exchange Management Tools installed, will it autocreate their mailbox like it did back in 2003?
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MesthaCommented:
Unless the user account is created through the Exchange Management Console, the account will not be mail enabled by default.
You need to get in to your head - ADUC has nothing to do with Exchange user management any longer.

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