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Exchange Server 2003 Mailbox Recovery when an AD user account is deleted

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Hello,

I would like to restore a mailbox whose user account is deleted in AD. I know exactly where the users mailbox is...i just need to know how to do this.

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Tacobell2000
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by:Deepu Chowdary
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"Keep deleted mailboxes" option says in how many days you can restore deleted mailbox.
Follow this link which may help you..

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/823176 
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by:Shreedhar Ette
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- Which Backup Application you are going to use to restore?
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Recreate the account, then go to the mailbox
Right-click the mailbox that you want to recover (it will look like a mailbox with a little red x on the left hand corner), and then click Reconnect
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You might need to run clean up agent first for the mailstore.  I'm assuming you just deleted the AD account, not the mailbox.
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by:Tacobell2000
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Hi you all,

I was not too specific. Sorry about that! The AD user and his mailbox has been deprovisioned. They are gone from AD and Exchange. I have a backup so I know the mailbox and all its data is stored offsite. I have absolutely no worries there.
Netbackup is doing its job and I will be recovering the mailbox using Quest Recovery manager for Exchange.

I want to recover the mailbox....how can I do this if there is no AD user associated to the mailbox? Do i create a new user and restore the mailbox and then connect it to the new user?
Would love a KB article on this if possible.

Thanks,
Tacobell2000



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by:Deepu Chowdary
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Without having a valid AD account how you can have mailbox in exchange server ?
Can you be more specific regarding the issue, Thanks. :)
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create an ad user and connect to the restored mailbox.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/823176
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thank you
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