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Copy mail-enabled user in AD2008 or Exchange 2010

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Hi Experts

Back in the day, when AD 2003 knew Exchange 2003, one could copy an existing user, from the AD console and the mailbox would be included in the process.

Does anyone know how we can copy an existing user, with the 2010 mailbox link, so that the new user has a mailbox as well ?

From AD2008, all we can do is copy a user - no mailbox.
From EMC 2010 you can create a mailbox from a new user or existing user - no copy option exists.

Any ideas ?  Powershell script ?

Many thanks
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what exactly are you looking for in terms of "template" or copy? when you want to happen when you "copy" this user?
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Essentially we are hoping to copy a user, as you could in AD2003. You are able to right-click and choose "Copy", which starts the wizard to ask you for the new user's details, password, mailbox location.

This wizard then copies group membership, profile and user folder paths etc - saving you from doing all of this.

I know the copy feature in AD2008 does the group membership and profile path etc, but it would be nice to have it create the mailbox at the same time instead of having to do an extra step in the EMC to mail-enable the new user.
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sorry there is no way to do this, starting exchange 2007 ad was separated (Administration wise) from exchange
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by:DoveSupport
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I thought so. Whose bright idea was it to go back a step to the days of Win NT and Exchange 5.5 ?

Thanks for the replies - confirmed my theory.
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well the idea is basically segregation of roles
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by:DoveSupport
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Fair enough, but there are other ways to ensure a person has the appropriate rights . . .
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:) I didn't design it
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Maybe it should have been more of a collaborative effort . . .
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