Delete and Re-Add User to AD/Exchange

Posted on 2009-04-27
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
For whatever reason, I have had two user id's in AD and Exchange, I believe this was a mixup that came over from Exchange 5.5.  It has never been a problem until I wanted to sync my blackberry directly with the server.  I cannot get mine to work, but can get everyone else in the office to work.  I would like to blow away my login ID/Mailbox and add them back.  Is there anything from stopping me from doing that?  Can I add the account back, right after removing it?  Anything else I need to clean up?
Server 2003 and Exchange 2003
Question by:HaulnSS
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    Assisted Solution

    just make sure you don't delete your mailbox. and relink your new user account back.
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    Accepted Solution

    if you delete your user you will lose all your permissions, group membership profile etc....

    assuming all this is ok for you just delete the user from AD, and create a new one

    go to your exchange system manager, admin groups -> .... -> mailboxes

    right click mailbox cleanup

    you should see a red x on your user's mailbox

    right click, reconnect -> and pick the new user you've created

    Author Comment

    Excellent, I will give this a try!


    Author Comment

    This may be more complicated than I originally thought.  I have two users for myself, described below.  One of them doesn't show up under AD/Users and Computers.

    Username-1 (marked as disabled Windows User), with my correct email address (
    Username (I actually use this one) email address is

    Author Comment

    Disregard last post.  I found both, deleted them and recreated...  Seems to be good....


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    I split points based on detail of the answer.

    Thank you!

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