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Posted on 2011-03-16
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Hello EE. I need to free up some mailboxes on my Exchange 2003 server because we exceeded the license limit on the av running on our exchange. In looking for what mailboxes I could eliminate I noticed that most of my public folders are mail enabled but I do not find the option to remove the associated mailbox. We are running Exchange 2003 Enterprise. Thanks for any help.
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Public folders are not actually mailboxes. Nor are they associated with mailboxes. A public folder is a folder that can be accessed by multiple users and can have messages or other content directly send to it via e-mail addresses. If you wish to modify or remove the e-mail addresses associated with a public folder, open Exchange System Manager. Expand Folders and Public Folders. Right click on the folder you which to modify. Choose Properties. Click on the E-Mail Address tab. Here you may add, remove, or modify the e-mail address asscoiated with this public folder.
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Thanks for the info connectex. Yes I understand that public folders are not mailboxes but once they are mail enabled they are associated with an email address that in turn is a mailbox. Is that not the case?
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A public folder is a single folder that can hold a particular content type, which is defined at the time of creation. Whereas a mailbox is multiple folders and types (Inbox, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Journal, etc). Just because is has an assigned e-mail address does not change it's role or abilitiies.
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I see. Thanks for the info. Good to know.
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