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Hello EE. I had one of our IT folks accidently delete a user account from Active Directory using the ADUC plugin on the Exchange server. I used a free utility called "Quest Object Restore for Active Directory". I was able to restore the account. I went into ADUC and enabled the account. I t did not restore any attributes. I can not get outllook to recognize the mailbox even though it still on exchange. Since I am remote to the location and there are many users restoring from backup was not an option. I am running Windows 2003 SP2 64 bit on the DC and Exchange 2003 on a separate server. There are no exchange options when I go into Exchange tasks on the mailbox. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
 
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by:slappa1
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you might need to reattach the mailbox to the AD account, does the mailbox in exchange server manager have a red cross icon?
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by:Mike Kline
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When you restore using that free tool or something like adrestore http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2007.09.tombstones.aspx you don't get all the attributes back during the restore as you have noticed  (this changes with the ad recycle bin in 2008 R2)
Do you have a system state backup.  You could run an authoritative restore  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc779573(WS.10).aspx
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Mike
 
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No, there is red cross icon. I was hoping there was another way as I do not have a current backup and this is location is not close.
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if there is a red cross, it's means the mailbox is detached. you can reattach it to an ad account.
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How do I attach it?
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Re-Attach an Exchange users mailbox
To attach the mailbox to the new user go into Exchange System Manager find the mailbox under mailboxes in the information store (you will notice the de-attached mailbox has a red circle with a cross thru it) then select reconnect, now specify the new account (ie Domainusername or username@domainname.com). after RUS has run the mailbox should be connected to the new account.
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Ok. When I try to specify theusername it tells me an object with that name cannot be found. If I go to ADUC, the account is there.
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by:slappa1
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not sure, I'd delete the AD account create a new one and attach the existing exchange account.

I'm not experienced with the program you used to restore the AD account.
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Ok. Let me try that
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by:George Sas
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When you restored the user , it also restored the exchange attributes ?
If yes , you need to remove the exchange attributes from the user and then try to reconnect the mailbox.
The user that you try to reconnect the mailbox to , must be an account that does not already have attached a mailbox.
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Thanks for the Help guys. It got me out of a jam.
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