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There is an AD account named Domain\User1 which has an associated mailbox (User1).

I would like to delete the mailbox ONLY, not the AD account. I will then recreate a new, blank, mailbox for User1.

Does anyone know how this is possible with Exchange 2007? With 2003, you could delete a mailbox only via ADUC, but can't see a way to do this in 2007 EMC.
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In EMC you need to select disable, this will remove exchange attributes but the user accnt will not be effected
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You. Culd also use the Disable-Mailbox command in EMs, see here for ore details: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa997210(v=exchg.80).aspx
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Hi Demazter

Thanks, but what I want to do is delete the mailbox and recreate it. If I just disable the mailbox, then that mailbox will be hanging around as a disconnected mailbox wouldn't it? Is there a way to delete a disconnected mailbox without affecting the AD account?
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That's the way to do it, you then delete it from disconnected mailboxes.

See here for how: http://khurramullah.blogspot.com/2008/11/removing-disconnected-mailboxes-in.html

There isn't any other way to do it.
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Thanks Demazter..

I did read this article here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa995948(EXCHG.80).aspx

"Use the Remove-Mailbox cmdlet to delete the user account that is associated with a particular mailbox from the Active Directory directory service and to process the associated, disconnected mailbox as directed by the specified parameters"

So I wasn't sure?
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That's remOve-mailbox.

I am talking about disable-mailbox

They are very different ;)
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Sure, but you're saying that I need to run remove-mailbox to delete the disconnected mailboxes? Maybe I'm misunderstanding :)

How can I remove the disconnected mailbox?
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Yes you do but the mailbox will be disconnected which means it will not have an associated AD account to delete.
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Ah ok :)

Could you confirm my steps:

1. Make a note of the mailbox GUID
2. Disable mailbox in EMC
3. Run this command:

Remove-Mailbox -Database <Database-Name> -StoreMailboxIdentity <MailboxGuid>

That will remove that disconnected mailbox only?
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correct ;)
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