Exchange 2007 PowerShell commmand to move mailbox to .pst AND delete the mailbox from AD?

Posted on 2009-05-12
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Hoping to find a PowerShell command to export a user's mailbox to a .pst AND delete the mailbox from AD. I've tried -DeleteContent -verbose and it seems to delete all the mail, but leave the mailbox. Ultimately I want to run this command on all users in an OU.
Thank you.
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Rajith Enchiparambil earned 250 total points
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export-mailbox -identity username -pstfolderpath c~:\user.pst

remove-mailbox -identity username

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Hi Rajith,
My goal is to be able to run this on mailboxes in an OU. Could you give me the specific command structure for exporting all the mailboxes in OU Test to .pst files and deleting the mailboxes from AD? I've tried a few different ways of implementing your command but have not succeeded. Thank you.
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get-mailbox -organizationalunit ouname | export-mailbox -pstfolderpath c~:\user.pst
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Hi Rajith,
get-mailbox -organizationalunit ouname | export-mailbox -pstfolderpath c~:\user.pst is the command I use to export all the mailboxes into .pst files. BUt it doesn't delete the mailbox from the mail store. Is there one command to do that? If not, is there a command to delete all mailboxes in an OU?
I could run get-mailbox -organizationalunit ouname | export-mailbox -pstfolderpath c~:\user.pst first, then the 2nd command to delete the mailboxes. That would be almost as good. Thank you.
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Here are your commands:
  • Export all Mailboxes in OU:Get-Mailbox -OrganizationalUnit YOUROU | Export-Mailbox -PSTFolderPath C:\PSTFiles
  • Delete All Mailboxes & Account in OU: ForEach ($mbx in Get-Mailbox -OrganizationalUnit YOUROU) { Remove-Mailbox -Identity $mbx -Permanent}
Let me know
Nitin Gupta (gupnit)
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by:Rajith Enchiparambil
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Simple command.

get-mailbox -organizationalunit ouname | remove-mailbox -confirm:$false

Give $true if you want to be prompted for approval.

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This was great information and worked with minor tweaking. Thanks all.

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